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West Suffolk doctor suspended over 'deplorable' Facebook posts

A Suffolk doctor has been suspended over ‘deplorable’ Facebook posts.

Dr Islam Mohamed, a Foundation Year Two doctor at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, had his registration suspended for four weeks following a complaint to the General Medical Council about the posts.

He admitted to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) he posted offensive content through his Facebook account between July 18, 2015 and July 22, 2018.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds

MPTS heard the posts ‘contained a number of sexually graphic and demeaning images, the mocking of mass murder of minorities and acts of terrorism, black people being ridiculed, the mocking of people with disabilities, and offensive material about paedophilia’.

The material was posted on Facebook before Dr Mohamed moved to the UK and gained full GMC registration. All posts were whilst he was training and working in Egypt.

Dr Mohamed has apologised and deleted his account.

The tribunal concluded there was ‘no doubt the content of the posts was deplorable’. It felt the public interest did not require an immediate order of suspension.

When the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust became aware of the posts, he was suspended pending an investigation

A spokesman said: “The individual has shown remorse for their actions and has reflected and learned from their mistakes, but it is clear they showed a very serious lack of judgement. Action was taken following an investigation, but we will be considering the MPTS ruling and any further steps we may need to take.”

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