A GP malpractice claim is being investigated by the Medical Council after a Dublin GP allegedly over-prescribed psychoactive benzodiazepines.
It is alleged that Dr Mohammed Ahmed Khan, who practices in Wicklow Street, Dublin, prescribed up to four times the recommended dosage of drugs such as Valium to patients suffering from anxiety and depression. The Medical Council are also looking into claims that Dr Khan did not make adequate enquiries as to whether any of the patients he was prescribing these drugs to were already being treated by another doctor.
Dr Khan has also been accused of poor professional performance due to his alleged failure to send patients with a dependency on benzodiazepines to drug treatment centres or specialist substance misuse practitioners and due to his reliance on prescription drugs where an alternative form of treatment may have been more beneficial to the patient or in their best interests.
The Medical Council regulates doctors to practise medicine in the Republic of Ireland. Its statutory role, as explained in the Medical Practitioners Act 2007, is to protect the public by promoting and better ensuring high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registered medical practitioners.