Ex-Army doctor struck off

A former Army doctor found guilty of misconduct by medical watchdogs over the death of Iraqi detainee Baha Mousa was struck off the register today.

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Former Army doctor guilty of misconduct

A former army doctor from Northallerton has been struck off the medical register after being found guilty of misconduct over the death of an Iraqi man.

In 2003 Dr Derek Keilloh was the medical officer in charge of a regiment in Basra. The regiment detained an Iraqi hotel receptionist, Baha Mousa.

Mr Mousa was hooded and beaten by the soldiers and when he died it was found he had 93 separate injuries.

Dr Keilloh was the officer in charge of Mr Mousa's medical care and tried to rescuscitate him.

"This is the appropriate sanction he's been struck off and will have to do something else with the rest of his life."

– Phil Shiner, solicitor for the family of Baha Mousa

He told investigators that he had not seen any injuries other than dried blood around the nose, but the tribunal decided that was dishonest and misleading.

Dr Keilloh always denied he was part of a cover up. His family in North Yorkshire say he had no idea detainees were being treated in this way.

"He was a very very young junior doctor at the time and actually hadn't finished his GP training. I think they should have sent a more senior doctor to be in charge. He was naive - he didn't believe that sort of thing could happen in the British army."

– Judy Nicholls, Derek Keilloh's mother-in-law

"Dr Keilloh is extremely disappointed at the decision of this Fitness to Practise Panel and he will need time to consider the implications and his future course of action. He would like to say how much he appreciated the wealth of support he has received from his family, patients, colleagues and friends. This support has helped him through these very prolonged and difficult hearings and hopefully will continue to support him in the future."

– Dr Jim Rodger, medical adviser at the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland

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