London professor struck off for bullying and dishonesty
- By: Clare Dyer
A British professor of respiratory medicine with an international reputation in asthma research was struck off the medical register last month for bullying and threatening junior colleagues and for misleading investigators who were looking into allegations that he had tried to cover up blunders in a clinical drug trial.
The General Medical Council in London found Robert Davies, former professor of respiratory medicine at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London School of Medicine, guilty of serious professional misconduct.
Dr Jeremy Lee-Potter, chairman of the professional conduct committee, told Professor Davies that the committee was “gravely concerned” at his behaviour. He had threatened and abused a young doctor and tried to persuade him to break the trial code, which was designed to prevent bias, without consulting the drug company sponsoring the trial and contrary to the agreed protocol.
Dr Lee-Potter said that Professor Davies had failed in his duty to give