Second Willen doctor suspended by GMC

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A second doctor has been suspended from the former Willen Village surgery, the Citizen can reveal.

The two-man practice closed without warning five months ago after the first doctor, Obiako Okafor, was suspended by the General Medical Council.

His partner, Dr Agnelo Lobo, resigned in April, allegedly because his pleas for assistance had been ignored by the NHS.

His action caused the busy surgery to shut its doors immediately. Its 4,000 patients were referred to neighbouring practices.

Now Dr Lobo has also been suspended, but the reasons for the ban have not yet been released to the public.

GMC records show the action was imposed by a disciplinary panel four weeks ago.

A GMC spokesman said the suspension concerned “the doctor’s own health” and could not be discussed.

Dr Okafor’s suspension has now been lifted.

The GMC has ruled he is able to practice again – but with strict conditions. These include supervision requirements and a ban on carrying out minor surgery.

Meanwhile there are no plans to re-open the empty Willen surgery facility.