New Addington doctor banned from treating females unsupervised
A SENIOR New Addington doctor has been banned from treating women and girls unsupervised while his conduct is investigated by the General Medical Council.
Dr Richard Bamgboye, of Fieldway Medical Practice, was not at work this week – with patients being told he was "on a sabbatical".
But the Advertiser can reveal an investigation is currently being carried out by the GMC, the body which decides whether doctors are fit to work.
A spokesman for the watchdog said: "In order to protect the public, we can restrict a doctor's registration while we are carrying out an investigation into them.
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"In this case, Dr Bamgboye has had conditions placed on his registration which he must comply with."
Imposed on June 21, the restrictions include not undertaking consultations with female patients without a chaperone present, except in life-threatening emergencies.
On Wednesday, NHS South West London would not specify why Dr Bamgboye was not at work.
But a spokeswoman for the trust said they were "aware" of the situation and were "investigating".
She added: "We would like to reassure patients that the level of care and quality of service to patients at Fieldway Medical Centre is not affected.
"The practice is operating as normal with interim locum cover." A Fieldway patient who contacted the Advertiser said patients had been left in the dark over Dr Bamgboye's disappearance.
He added: "People who have been trying to see him, and I am one of them, have been told he is not there.
"I said I will wait until he gets back and was told, 'No, he will not be here for a while'.
"A notice has gone up saying he was on sabbatical.
"Another salaried doctor there is about to go off on maternity leave, meaning the whole place will be staffed by locums.
"We need to know what is going on."
A woman who answered the phone at Fieldway said she could not comment.
The Advertiser approached Dr Bamgboye at his home but was told he did not want to comment.
Dr Bamgboye has been subject to restrictions once before, between December 15, 2010, and November 11, 2011.
They included not being able to practise except as a GP at Fieldway, under the supervision of a GP with five years' experience.