Saturday 24 June 2017

Gardai probe struck-off doctor who forged prescriptions

CAREER OVER: Dr Mohammed Ahmed Khan, who used to run a practice in Dublin, outside his house in Clonee. Photo: Tony Gavin
CAREER OVER: Dr Mohammed Ahmed Khan, who used to run a practice in Dublin, outside his house in Clonee. Photo: Tony Gavin
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

A GP who was struck off by the Medical Council is under investigation by gardai for issuing allegedly forged prescriptions to patients.

Dr Mohammed Ahmed Khan lost his licence in June 2015 for over-prescribing sleeping pills.

The Garda investigation is focusing on allegations that he wrote prescriptions for patients under the name of another doctor, after he had been struck off.

The now retired doctor admitted to the Sunday Independent that he prescribed drugs to "one or two" patients after his registration was cancelled but in "very few" cases and only while he was trying to wind up his practice. Dr Khan said he was not given time by the Medical Council to transfer his patient business to another practice.

When asked was it not a crime to write a prescription under another doctor's name, Dr Khan replied: "Yeah, you see, what could I do, actually, because there are only a few patients, heart patients, and I could not say no…"

He said he closed the practice and handed back the keys in October 2015 and has been retired from medicine since.

The Garda investigation, has been under way for more than a year and it is believed that statements have been taken from more than 100 people, including former patients. A file is expected to go to the Director of Public Prosecutions in the coming months.

The investigation was sparked by a complaint from a pharmacist who suspected that Dr Khan was continuing to issue prescriptions. Six months after he was struck off, the Medical Council sought a High Court injunction to stop Dr Khan from practising after learning he was still seeing patients.

Sunday Independent

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