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Castletown pharmacist suspended by the General Pharmaceutical Council

Interim suspension imposed after fitness to practice hearing

A pharmacist from Castletown has been suspended by the General Pharmaceutical Council.

Mahendrakumar Prabhudas Patel, of Castle Pharmacy on Malew Street, has been ordered to stop operating following a fitness to practice hearing.

The decision was made, in private, by a GPC committee – it follows three previous determinations looking at the pharmacist’s work.

Hearings were held on 31 March and 20 April to review conditions which had previously been imposed.

In October last year Mr Patel had been ordered to continue with rules which included the oversight of his work by a supervisor.

This included the monitoring of controlled drug records and ensuring that patient medication records were accurate.

The GPC has now replaced the interim order with interim suspension – it’s not clear how long the suspension will last.

Castle Pharmacy closed on 20 April with Manx Care stating that the reasons for the closure were ‘confidential to the contractor’ adding it ‘cannot be disclosed’.

The health body said it would work to minimise the disruption and impact to patients by supporting people to obtain their prescriptions from other pharmacies.

A special phoneline – 01624 642687 - has been set up for anyone affected.

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