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NHS funding critic doctor Fiachra McLaughlin suspended for false pay claim

Medic admits billing employers for hospital work shifts he hadn't done

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Suspended: Dr Fiachra McLaughlin

Suspended: Dr Fiachra McLaughlin

Suspended: Dr Fiachra McLaughlin

A doctor who hit out at politicians for failing to adequately fund the health service has been suspended for four months after dishonestly claiming pay from the NHS.

Dr Fiachra McLaughlin was allowed to remain on the medical register after a fitness to practice hearing was told of his remorse for "fraudulently" submitting pay claims for work he had not done at Craigavon Area Hospital.

The Medical Practitioner's Tribunal Service (MPTS) panel was told the trainee GP "was under financial pressure having taken on a loan to assist with the purchase of a car, had completed the purchase of a property and was saving for his forthcoming wedding".