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Doctor posted expletive-filled Twitter rants about patients, tribunal hears

A senior hospital doctor ran an expletive-laden Twitter account in which he ranted about A&E patients “crippling” the NHS, a tribunal has heard.

Dr Christian Solomonides, 37, posted dozens of foul-mouthed messages on his social media page claiming 90% of A&E admissions were from “ambulatory neurotics”.

Other tweets from Solomonides, a consultant in emergency medicine in London, included: “Ambulance for a broken nail, an earache, period pain, not being able to sleep are all REAL. What’s going on with the people of the UK…”

The medic, a grade eight-level pianist and avid weightlifter, added: “It costs £1,000 to deploy an ambulance and convey to hospital, I would say that 90% of callouts are fucking bullshit (as I work front line). You can quickly appreciate why the NHS is crippled financially. A fine of £50 to those who abuse A&E will soon keep drive away the droves of ambulatory neurotics.”

At a fitness to practice hearing in Manchester, Solomonides, from Chingford in east London, admitted posting 188 potentially offensive tweets from his account between July 2011 and January 2015. Now deactivated, it was online under the handle @drcms1 and was “easy to find on a Google search”, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told.

Read more in The Guardian.

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