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Suspended GP Anne McCloskey sends judge ‘bizarre correspondence’ appointing him as a trustee


Anne McCloskey (Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

Anne McCloskey (Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

Anne McCloskey (Credit: Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye)

A judge has said that a suspended GP who is charged with breaking Covid regulations has sent him “bizarre correspondence” informing him that she has appointed him a trustee.

Anne McCloskey’s case was heard at Londonderry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday..

Her co-defendant is Piers Corbyn (75), a brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, from Innis House, East Street in London.

District Judge Barney McElholm said McCloskey did not say what body or organisation she had appointed him a trustee of.

“Apparently, I am now duty bound without my knowledge or consent to do everything she is telling me to do. She is 40 years too late, that post was filled some time ago,” he quipped.

McCloskey (65), from Chapel Road in the Waterside area of Derry, is a former Aontu member of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Last September, she was suspended by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service for 18 months for comments she made about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

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The independent body decides if doctors are fit to practice. The defendant is also under investigation by the General Medical Council.

She faces two charges of contravening a requirement of the Health Protection Coronavirus Restrictions on November 1, 2020.

Mr McElholm said he had received an email from the defendant Corbyn which said he was unable to travel to the court hearing due to travel commitments. In his email the defendant said he was denying the two charges.

His defence solicitor Michael Brentnall, asked for an adjournment in the case so that availability could be ascertained.

The District Judge adjourned both cases until July 20.

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