Doctor accused of poisoning

A doctor poisoned a manic depressive patient with medicines that were supposed to treat him, a professional conduct committee was told yesterday.

Dr Tapan Bhattacharya, a psychiatric specialist, of Lincoln, failed to notice 'a number of potential signs' that his patient, Ivan Commons, 46, was being poisoned by the mood-stabilising drug lithium carbonate, the hearing was told. He died on 1 March 1990.

Dr Bhattacharya denies serious professional misconduct.

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