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The Authority stops Dr Steven Burn practising as a doctor

PRESS RELEASE

10 March 2016

The Authority has secured agreement that Dr Steven Burn would be erased from the General Medical Council’s register and can no longer practise as a doctor. The High Court has issued an Order erasing Dr Burn from the register of medical practitioners.

The Authority appealed the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service’s decision to suspend Dr Steven Burn for possession of indecent and prohibited images of children. The panel found Dr Burn’s fitness to practise was impaired and suspended him from practice for 12 months. The GMC also expressed concern about this case to the Authority.

The GMC and Dr Burn agreed with the Authority’s argument that the MPTS decision to suspend rather than erase him from the register was unduly lenient. On 2 March 2016 the High Court ordered that Dr Burn now be erased bringing the Authority’s appeal to a successful conclusion.

Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Authority said, ‘This is a good result for public protection. It firmly marks the seriousness of the offence of possession of child pornography, strengthens public confidence in the medical profession and protects the public.’

ENDS

Contact:
Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards & Policy
0207 389 8039
Email: Christine.braithwaite@professionalstandards.org.uk
Reception: 020 7389 8030
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk