Published On: Mon, Jan 5th, 2015 on 1:27 pm

NHS to investigate Leeds doctor who allegedly took illegal drugs before work

Leeds General Infirmary

The Leeds General Infirmary.

The NHS is to investigate claims that a senior doctor at a Leeds hospital took cocaine and another illegal drug shortly before going on duty.

The allegations were made in a Sunday newspaper which featured video stills of a man, alleged to be Dr Colin Ferrie, snorting cocaine in a two-hour session with another man on 17 December.

According to the newspaper, he had nearly three grams of cocaine and also an illegal party drug known as GHB.

An hour later, Leeds General Infirmary allegedly confirmed Dr Ferrie was on call in a role that involved ‘making life-or-death decisions’.

According to the trust’s website, Dr Ferrie works as a consultant paediatric neurologist specialising in epilepsy.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said Dr Ferrie would “not carry out clinical duties during the investigation”.

If the allegations are upheld, he will face disciplinary action for breaching trust policy on substance misuse and misconduct proceedings from the General Medical Council.

In a statement, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “We take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously and will be carrying out a thorough investigation.

“We would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that patient safety is our main priority and we expect all members of staff to behave in a professional and appropriate manner at all times.”

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