A doctor has been suspended after being found to have fabricated a whiplash report for a member of his family.
The Law Society Gazette has reported that the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) has found Dr Anthony Kaufman to have been dishonest in his preparation of a medical report that he filed in January 2012 on behalf of his wife’s daughter’s fiancé, one Max Turbett.
Turbett had filed a compensation claim for a road traffic accident through Hampson Hughes after talking with the GP's wife Pauline, who was a director at Countrywide Doctors Services. Kaufman, who has been writing reports for PI claims since 1994, then prepared one for Turbett.
Following an argument within the family, Turbett alerted the General Medical Council (GMC) to the report, telling it that the Dr. Kaufman had never examined him following his accident and that he had dropped the claim as he had not received any significant injuries.
The GMC alleged that Dr Kaufman had agreed with his wife to prepare a report that would ensure compensation for a whiplash injury.
In a hearing last month, the MPTS panel said that Dr Kaufman had probably fabricated evidence of Turbett's injuries.
The panel said his conduct amounted to serious misconduct and decided to impose a six-month suspension on him. It will decide his fitness to continue to practise after the suspension has been served.
Dr Kaufman’s legal representative argued he had taken steps to withdraw from the business of preparing medico-legal reports and that the publication of the panel’s decision was an added punishment.