Diabetes journal editor de-registered for dishonesty

A UK endocrinologist and former editor of a diabetes journal has been struck off the medical register for fabricating his qualifications.

Dr Paul Grant, a Sussex-based diabetes specialist and editor of the British Journal of Diabetes from 2014-2016 was deregistered by the UK’s medical practitioner tribunal after it found he had falsely claimed to be a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The tribunal heard that in 2016 Dr Grant applied to be editor of the RCP’s journal Clinical Medicine, which required the holder of the position to be a Fellow of the College. Dr Grant was a member of the college (MRCP), but started to use the post-nominal FRCP despite not being admitted to the fellowship.

According to a report in the BMJ, Dr Grant had previously had his medical registration suspended after earlier tribunal hearings had found him to have acted dishonestly in regard to submissions to journals including the European Journal of Endocrinology, Diabetic Medicine and Diabetes and Metabolism.

In 2017 he was found by a tribunal to have fabricated data in a journal article on the psychological effects of insulin pump therapy on patients with type 1 diabetes.

A tribunal also ruled that he had failed to obtain ethics committee approval for a paper on ‘Psychological & Quality of life changes in patients using GLP-1 analogues’ and to have forged signatures from co-authors on a paper entitled ‘Salt & Water Balance following Pituitary Surgery’.

The latest tribunal noted that Dr Grant’s expressions of remorse and insight into his behaviour at previous tribunal hearings were contradicted by his continuing acts of dishonesty.

“Your contribution to the medical profession in terms of your clinical career does not outweigh the fact that you cannot be trusted by your professional colleagues, your employers, professional institutions or your professional regulator. The gravity and persistence of your dishonesty are fundamentally incompatible with your continued registration,” tribunal chair Andrew Lewis concluded.

The British Journal of Diabetes has published several papers by Australian authors and also featured the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes, developed by the Parliamentary Diabetes Global Network.

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