Medical practitioners tribunal – New Hearing scheduled
Outcome on impairment
Hearing not yet held
Summary of outcome
Hearing not yet held
Type of case
Hearing date from
24 Jun 2019
Hearing date to
19 Jul 2019
Location of hearing
St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ (get directions)
GMC reference number
Area of incident

Pre hearing information


The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that Dr Dharmasena inappropriately issued online prescriptions to 13 patients.

It is alleged his prescribing was inappropriate because he failed to obtain an adequate medical history, adequately assess the patient, have adequate knowledge of each patient’s health, establish a clear diagnosis, or formulate an adequate and appropriate treatment plan. It is alleged that Dr Dharmasena issued the prescriptions in the absence of such information despite the medication having a habit forming potential, and when doing so would undermine any support needs of the patient in relation to dependence on prescribed drugs.

It is further alleged that Dr Dharmasena issued the prescriptions without adequate and appropriate safeguarding as he failed to decline to prescribe medication that had a risk of causing dependency and redirect the patient to their own GP.

Please note: This is a joint hearing with Dr Pooley. Information about the allegation against Dr Pooley can be found here.



This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.


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Private hearings

In accordance with Rule 41(2) of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004, the tribunal may decide to exclude the public from the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, where they consider that the circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding the hearing in public.