A world-renowned British asthma expert charged a stunned patient almost £6,500 for a medical consultation lasting just 16 minutes, a tribunal has heard.
Professor Sebastian Johnston, 56, filed an invoice for his advice, claiming the £6,500 cost included the time he spent making a cup of tea, the medical tribunal in Manchester heard.
He was acting in a private capacity, having been instructed by the patient’s lawyers to act as an expert in a personal injury claim for the man.
Known as Patient A, he had suffered ill health after taking part in a clinical trial.
Solicitors acting for the patient later protested at having to pay ‘grossly inflated’ fee.
But Professor Johnston who lives in a £5.5m townhouse in Chelsea, London, denied the meeting lasted just over a quarter of an hour – claiming it went on for two and half hours instead.
The angry patient reported the leading respiratory medicine and allergy specialist at the Heart and Lung Institute, at Imperial College London, was eventually reported to the GMC.
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