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Oxford Mail: Dr Mark Huckstep Dr Mark Huckstep

AN OXFORD doctor who has admitted using Christian beliefs as a ‘complementary therapy’ for patients has been suspended by a medical watchdog.

The General Medical Council (GMC), one of the highest medical authorities in the land, has suspended Dr Mark Huckstep for 18 months.

Dr Huckstep last worked at Wolvercote Surgery and Kendall Crescent Health Centre, in North Oxford, in 2010.

He was suspended by NHS Oxfordshire, the county’s health authority, in August of that year after concerns were raised over his time-keeping and record management.

Dr Huckstep has been suspended while the GMC investigates whether he should face a Fitness to Practice panel – a move which could see him struck off for a minimum of five years. No details have been released of the nature of the investigation.

Dr Huckstep was last night unavailable for comment.

In October the married father, a devout Evangelist, admitted to the Oxford Mail that he believed his Christianity could be treated as a form of “complementary therapy” in addition to usual treatment, and that he refused to refer women for abortions.

According to the 1967 Abortion Act, doctors are free to opt out of involvement with abortion.

NHS Oxfordshire later confirmed there were four official complaints received about Dr Huckstep between 2007/08 and 2009/10 – two of which had ‘religious components’.

At the time Dr Huckstep said he fully acknowledged the administrative failings that led to his suspension. But he said: “However, issues of integrity and truth are so important that they need frank discussion, even from a doctor who has been fairly criticised on other issues.”

He continued: “If the patient consented, then I was free to discuss more metaphysical issues such as the meaning of their lives, their struggles with feelings of guilt, shame and meaninglessness, their fear of death, etc, and to suggest books that may help in confronting these issues.

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“Such discussions were always in addition to normal treatment, if time allowed. They were not instead of normal modes of treatment.”

Last night the GMC confirmed its Interim Order Panel had suspended Dr Huckstep for 18 months ‘subject to review’.

NHS Oxfordshire said it had referred his case to the GMC in July 2010.

A spokesman said: “Since July 2010 he has not been be permitted to provide NHS GP services in Oxfordshire.”

Previously, the county’s primary care trust NHS Oxfordshire said the GP could return to work under strict conditions, which included undertaking a retraining programme.

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11:19am Tue 10 Apr 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

Nut job.
Nut job. Dilligaf2010
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11:43am Tue 10 Apr 12

brained assassin says...

Ditto.
Ditto. brained assassin
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12:08pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Dan - Eynsham says...

“Such discussions were always in addition to normal treatment, if time allowed. They were not instead of normal modes of treatment"

Normally they shift you in and out of the surgery so quickly you can barely sit down. It is hard to believe that this particular doctor had found a way to do both his job and his "hobby" in the same time as most doctors just do their job.
“Such discussions were always in addition to normal treatment, if time allowed. They were not instead of normal modes of treatment" Normally they shift you in and out of the surgery so quickly you can barely sit down. It is hard to believe that this particular doctor had found a way to do both his job and his "hobby" in the same time as most doctors just do their job. Dan - Eynsham
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12:24pm Tue 10 Apr 12

xjohnx says...

'Careful, hell waits for you all.'

How did this guy get through his training??
'Careful, hell waits for you all.' How did this guy get through his training?? xjohnx
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12:29pm Tue 10 Apr 12

east anglian says...

Dan - Eynsham wrote:
“Such discussions were always in addition to normal treatment, if time allowed. They were not instead of normal modes of treatment"

Normally they shift you in and out of the surgery so quickly you can barely sit down. It is hard to believe that this particular doctor had found a way to do both his job and his "hobby" in the same time as most doctors just do their job.
...he didn't have the time. His first suspension had to do with concerns about his time-keeping.
[quote][p][bold]Dan - Eynsham[/bold] wrote: “Such discussions were always in addition to normal treatment, if time allowed. They were not instead of normal modes of treatment" Normally they shift you in and out of the surgery so quickly you can barely sit down. It is hard to believe that this particular doctor had found a way to do both his job and his "hobby" in the same time as most doctors just do their job.[/p][/quote]...he didn't have the time. His first suspension had to do with concerns about his time-keeping. east anglian
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11:06pm Tue 10 Apr 12

ox-cabby says...

What's wrong with this doctor talking a little bit about the true meaning of life and making people aware of why they are occupying the earth?

Its awareness and may help the patient think more seriously about self awareness and the awareness of people around them.
What's wrong with this doctor talking a little bit about the true meaning of life and making people aware of why they are occupying the earth? Its awareness and may help the patient think more seriously about self awareness and the awareness of people around them. ox-cabby
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9:06am Wed 11 Apr 12

Noodle999 says...

ox-cabby wrote:
What's wrong with this doctor talking a little bit about the true meaning of life and making people aware of why they are occupying the earth?

Its awareness and may help the patient think more seriously about self awareness and the awareness of people around them.
"True" in your opinion or his, but he should be sticking to scientifically and clinically proven treatments... there's nothing wrong with being nice and one might even expect an innocuous reference to god from a religious person e.g. "god bless you" and so on which I doubt any atheist would be offended by...

However, four official complaints against Dr. Huckstep followed by his official suspension would suggest he has been overstepping the mark somewhat! There is a Code of Conduct for a reason...
[quote][p][bold]ox-cabby[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with this doctor talking a little bit about the true meaning of life and making people aware of why they are occupying the earth? Its awareness and may help the patient think more seriously about self awareness and the awareness of people around them.[/p][/quote]"True" in your opinion or his, but he should be sticking to scientifically and clinically proven treatments... there's nothing wrong with being nice and one might even expect an innocuous reference to god from a religious person e.g. "god bless you" and so on which I doubt any atheist would be offended by... However, four official complaints against Dr. Huckstep followed by his official suspension would suggest he has been overstepping the mark somewhat! There is a Code of Conduct for a reason... Noodle999
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12:47pm Thu 12 Apr 12

son says...

Shame, he used to be my doctor a few years ago and we never had any Biblical discussions when I visited, I always found him kind and helpful...
Shame, he used to be my doctor a few years ago and we never had any Biblical discussions when I visited, I always found him kind and helpful... son
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