A RENOWNED doctor suspended from prescribing a vitamin to treat ailments has said patients are being put at risk as a result.
Dr Joseph Chandy, a GP in Horden for more than 30 years, has received numerous plaudits, including the Glory of India award, for his ground-breaking work using vitamin B12 for a host of conditions, including fatigue syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and depression.
Some MS sufferers have even been able to stop using wheelchairs because of his innovative approach.
But the well-respected GP has appeared before a Medical Practitioners and Tribunal Service’s interim orders panel as General Medical Council restrictions on his work ban him from prescribing the treatment or even testing for B12 deficiency.
The National Institute for Clinical and Health Care Excellence (NICE) does not recommend B12 to treat fatigue.
NICE say there is not enough evidence to support a recommendation to prescribe B12, but admitted some sufferers have reported health benefits.
Dr Chandy has even met Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss his work.
Dr Chandy, 73, of the Shinwell Medical Practice, said: “My work is spreading and everyone knows I speak the truth. In India it is spreading and there are no such idiotic restrictions there.”
He said some of his patients want to go to Parliament to campaign for the ban to be lifted.
The GMC confirmed Dr Chandy has constraints on his registration which are interim while they investigate his methods.