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GMC: Doping claims doctor does not hold a licence

The General Medical Council said they would follow up the 'serious allegations'. Credit: PA

The chief executive of the General Medical Council has welcomed a newspaper investigation into doping claims involving a British doctor.

"I would like to thank the Sunday Times for bringing these issues to our attention", Niall Dickson said.

These are serious allegations and we will follow them up as a matter of urgency. We expect all doctors to follow our guidance - if they fail to do so they are putting their right to practise in jeopardy.

Dr Bonar does not currently hold a licence and is therefore unable to practise medicine in the UK.

Any doctor without a licence who continues to carry out the privileged duties of a doctor is committing a serious breach of our guidance, and potentially a criminal offence.

– Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council


Ukad: 'Deeply concerned and shocked' by doping claims

The UK Anti-Doping watchdog (Ukad) has said it is "deeply concerned and shocked" by the claims a British doctor has doped sports stars.

The Sunday Times reported that Dr Mark Bonar had been secretly filmed discussing prescribing banned performance-enhancing drugs to the "elite" sports professionals.

Ukad chief executive, Nicole Sapstead, confirmed the publicly-funded body had received allegations involving Dr Bonar in April and May 2014 during interviews with an unnamed sportsman.

Following those interviews and an investigation, UKAD found that there was nothing to indicate that Dr Bonar was governed by a sport and UKAD had no other intelligence to corroborate the sportsman's allegations.

– Nicole Sapstead, Ukad chief executive

Chairman David Kenworthy said an independent review of the allegations against it would be conducted "as soon as possible", to examine the information passed to them in 2014 and to discern if the proper procedures were followed.

"Ukad is a publicly funded body and it is correct that it be held to account for any actions it takes. That accountability rests with the independent board," he added.

Athletics chief says sponsors can help doping fight

Ed Warner said football TV revenues could be used to help fight cheats

The chairman of UK Athletics has said that the fight against doping is “under resourced” and suggested that more sponsorship cash should be used to ensure better tests and transparency.

Ed Warner implied that sponsors could be doing more to help by staying rather than pulling out - and also suggested that football TV sponsorship money should be siphoned off for the fight against cheats.

“One of the things that sport has to do across all sport is find a way to secure more of its revenues for the fight against doping,” he told MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport committee.

Mr Warner said the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) should set aside “a fixed percentage” of all its sponsorship income to spend on anti-doping measures – and also suggested football TV revenues could contribute.

He said it would “make a lot of sense” if football also handed over a “very small proportion” of its global television income to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Football probably wouldn’t notice the difference but WADA certainly would,” he said.


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