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Doctor admits writing fake prescriptions

10 August 2007

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A GP has admitted writing false prescriptions for growth hormones and giving them to her son in an effort to make him bigger.

Rehab Al-Jumaily, 50, took the drugs worth more than £3,000 because she was worried about her 13-year-old being bullied at school.

The doctor, a partner at a practice in west Hull, made up fake names to get hold of Genetropin, Hull Crown Court heard.

But a pharmacist became suspicious of why the GP was writing these types of prescriptions, and NHS fraud experts launched an investigation.

Judge Michael Mettyear fined Al-Jumaily, of Dunswell, near Hull, £22,500 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by deception and one of attempting to obtain property by deception. She was also ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Following the sentencing, the chief executive of Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust, Christopher Long, said: “The verdict sends out a clear message to others working across the NHS, and to patients, that abuse of public monies and resources will not be tolerated.

“Patients should be reassured that no doubt has been cast over the prescriptions Dr Al-Jumaily has written for patients in the past.”

The doctor has been suspended since last December and will now face a GMC hearing at a date yet to be set.

Hull Teaching Primary Care Trust

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