A DOCTOR from Blackburn is facing potential censure after a health watchdog found he diagnosed a series of holiday food poisoning cases without sufficient evidence.

Dr Zuber Bux has also been pulled up for failing to disclose his wife Sehana was a director for AMS, the solicitors firm which had commissioned him to act as a medical witness in county court claims.

Now Dr Bux, a former GP at the Brookhouse Medical Centre and now a Blackburn locum, is facing disciplinary action by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS). He is also facing possible sanction over a circumcision procedure carried out on a 15-month-old boy, with a heart condition.

The cases against the doctor have been found proven after a three-week MPTS hearing in Manchester and a panel must now determine whether his fitness to practice is impaired.

Dr Bux is said to have taken on around 400 holiday sickness cases and earned around £70,000 for the work.

One tour operator became suspicious over a claim, concerning a holidaymaker in Mauritius in 2015, when Dr Bux failed to acknowledge a medical report compiled by a resort doctor, the MPTS hearing was told.

And when it was discovered Mrs Bux was a director at AMS Solicitors, the claimant's legal representatives, the matter was reported to the General Medical Council.

Similar allegations were found proven in each of the holiday cases, with Dr Bux failing to declare his personal relationship with his wife at AMS and diagnosing food poisoning without sufficient evidence.

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Tribunal chairman Julia Oakford said as Dr Bux' wife was a salaried partner at AMS, managing the litigation department, it was difficult to conclude she would have no knowledge or sight of the claims.

The panel also ruled the doctor's actions were misleading, dishonest and financially motivated.

She added: "The tribunal found that Dr Bux diagnosed food poisoning alone as it was in his interest to write a positive report to enable him to sustain this stream of work."

Expert witness Nigel Zoltie also criticised Dr Bux for circumcising the 15-month-old, referred to as Patient A, in a community setting.

He said: "It remains my opinion that all actions were likely to put Patient A at high risk of life-threatening complications that could only managed with great difficulty in the community. For a religious procedure these risks were unacceptable, and therefore the care was seriously below standard."

The ruling on Dr Bux is expected later today or tomorrow.