The General Osteopathic Council removes Muhammad Mirza from its Register of osteopaths
15 February 2019
On 10 January 2019, the General Osteopathic Council’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) found Dr Muhammad Mirza, of Walthamstow, London, had been convicted of a criminal offence that was materially relevant to his fitness to practise.
The PCC decided that the appropriate sanction would be to remove Dr Mirza’s name from the Register of osteopaths.
On 30 November 2017, Dr Mirza was convicted of financial offences. On conviction, Dr Mirza was sentenced to 15 months in custody.
The PCC, chaired by Andy Skelton, found that the criminal offences called into question Dr Mirza’s probity, integrity and judgement, which it said were central to the practice of any osteopath. The PCC also observed that Dr Mirza’s conviction had the potential to damage the reputation of the profession of osteopathy.
In deciding on the appropriate sanction, the PCC considered that the criminal offences represented such a serious departure from the behaviour expected of an osteopath that only the removal of Dr Mirza’s name from the Register would be sufficient to maintain standards, protect the profession’s reputation and uphold public confidence.
The PCC determined that Dr Mirza’s name should be removed from the statutory Register of osteopaths.
Dr Mirza is now unable to practise as an osteopath.
For further information, contact:
GOsC Press Office
020 7357 6655 x245
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the regulator of osteopaths in the UK.
2. The GOsC has a statutory duty to regulate the practice of osteopathy in the UK. Osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC in order to practise in the UK.
3. We work with the public and the profession to promote patient safety by:
- registering qualified professionals;
- setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct;
- assuring the quality of osteopathic education;
- ensuring continuing professional development;
- helping patients with concerns or complaints about an osteopath.
4. The Statutory Register of Osteopaths provides a geographical index of all practising osteopaths and is available to the general public and to healthcare providers online at: https://www.osteopathy.org.uk/register-search