Hundreds turn out in support of Northallerton doctor struck off over Iraqi detainee's death

The Northern Echo: Derek Keilloh Derek Keilloh

HUNDREDS of patients of a North Yorkshire doctor struck off for his involvement in the death of an Iraqi detainee rallied in support of him tonight (January 7). 

Northallerton GP, Derek Keilloh, was found guilty of misleading and dishonest conduct following the death of Baha Mousa in Basra in 2003, but the community he served said they are now being punished too.

A public meeting was held at the Jolly Minister pub in the town where patients spoke of a "caring, considerate and thorough doctor" who had saved the lives of many of those gathered.

The meeting called for the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) to be reversed and asked people to back a petition.

Meeting organisers, Claire Hutchinson, Doug Doherty, Amanda Guest and Fiona Binns, asked for letters and emails to be sent to the MPTS and local MP, Conservative Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Ms Hutchinson said: “We do not yet know whether Dr Keilloh will decide to appeal the decision and if he does not want to we will respect that.

“But if he does we want him to know the level of support out there for him, and we will do everything we can to bring him back to this community that needs him.”

Mr Doherty said: “The evening has shown just how much support there is for him – and gives a clear message of how disgusted we are at the verdict.”

Local councillor, Tony Hall said: “Dr Keilloh has until January 19 to make his decision.

“I have been in contact with his lawyers and I hope there is some fresh evidence to bring to the appeal because that is what will really make a difference in his case.”

A former colleague of Dr Keilloh, who did not want to be named, added: “I have seen the respect his patients give him and I have seen how he has gone over and above what would be expected of him as a doctor.

“If there’s a chance we can help, let’s try and give something back to him after he has given so much to all of us.”

Meanwhile, John Hyde, whose military policeman son, Ben, was killed by a 300-strong mob in 2003, has given his own backing to Dr Keilloh.

“I believe Dr Keilloh has been made a political scapegoat for the compensation culture that has developed against the British Armed Forces," he said.

“Over the last nine years the British Government has paid millions of pounds to Iraqi families for cases of alleged brutality by British troops.

“Dr Keilloh is an unfortunate victim who was caught in the backlash by British troops after the murder by Iraqis of a number of British service personnel over a six-week period, including my own son Ben.”

A Facebook page, Support Local Doctor D Keilloh, has been set up.

 

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10:13pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Lairey hutch says...

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http://www.facebook. com/SupportLocalDoct orDKeilloh Lairey hutch
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11:10pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Demonst8 says...

The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people and to campaign for him on this basis is to take parochialism to a ludicrous extreme. Would we excuse Dr Mengele because he had a nice bedside manner with Aryans?

An Iraqui detainee was murdered by British soldiers and several other captives were severely tortured. Dr Keilloh’s behaviour at the time was found wanting by the British government enquiry into the events surrounding the death of Baha Moussa. Now the medical establishment, having listened to all the arguments and weighed all the evidence have concluded that Dr Keilloh was repeatedly dishonest and failed to protect other detainees.
The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people and to campaign for him on this basis is to take parochialism to a ludicrous extreme. Would we excuse Dr Mengele because he had a nice bedside manner with Aryans? An Iraqui detainee was murdered by British soldiers and several other captives were severely tortured. Dr Keilloh’s behaviour at the time was found wanting by the British government enquiry into the events surrounding the death of Baha Moussa. Now the medical establishment, having listened to all the arguments and weighed all the evidence have concluded that Dr Keilloh was repeatedly dishonest and failed to protect other detainees. Demonst8
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8:31am Tue 8 Jan 13

glyn says...

The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people and to campaign for him on this basis is to take parochialism to a ludicrous extreme. Would we excuse Dr Mengele because he had a nice bedside manner with Aryans?

An Iraqui detainee was murdered by British soldiers and several other captives were severely tortured. Dr Keilloh’s behaviour at the time was found wanting by the British government enquiry into the events surrounding the death of Baha Moussa. Now the medical establishment, having listened to all the arguments and weighed all the evidence have concluded that Dr Keilloh was repeatedly dishonest and failed to protect other detainees.

Very well put. I agree 100%
The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people and to campaign for him on this basis is to take parochialism to a ludicrous extreme. Would we excuse Dr Mengele because he had a nice bedside manner with Aryans? An Iraqui detainee was murdered by British soldiers and several other captives were severely tortured. Dr Keilloh’s behaviour at the time was found wanting by the British government enquiry into the events surrounding the death of Baha Moussa. Now the medical establishment, having listened to all the arguments and weighed all the evidence have concluded that Dr Keilloh was repeatedly dishonest and failed to protect other detainees. Very well put. I agree 100% glyn
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10:24am Tue 8 Jan 13

Ration All says...

Mr John Hyde does Dr Keilloh's case no favour by making irrelevant comments about a compensation culture in Iraq.

On the other hand your correspondents (above) are wrong to say that "The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people".

Keilloh appears to have failed as an army doctor working under circumstances that most of us would find impossible. It does not follow that he is unfit to work as a civilian GP.

As an inexperienced junior reservist officer he seems to have been out of his depth relating to squaddies and NCOs who themselves were unable to deal professionally with the chaos and fear of Basra. Furthermore Keilloh was exhausted, bewildered, inadequately supported and uninformed about his responsibilities for detainees.

The treatment of Baha Moussa and other detainees was disgraceful and his death is a tragedy, but to make Keilloh a scapegoat for crimes that resulted from Blair's lies and misjudgement is to compound one injustice with another. Send Blair to The Hague and reinstate Keilloh.
Mr John Hyde does Dr Keilloh's case no favour by making irrelevant comments about a compensation culture in Iraq. On the other hand your correspondents (above) are wrong to say that "The issue is not whether Dr Keilloh has been a good GP for local people". Keilloh appears to have failed as an army doctor working under circumstances that most of us would find impossible. It does not follow that he is unfit to work as a civilian GP. As an inexperienced junior reservist officer he seems to have been out of his depth relating to squaddies and NCOs who themselves were unable to deal professionally with the chaos and fear of Basra. Furthermore Keilloh was exhausted, bewildered, inadequately supported and uninformed about his responsibilities for detainees. The treatment of Baha Moussa and other detainees was disgraceful and his death is a tragedy, but to make Keilloh a scapegoat for crimes that resulted from Blair's lies and misjudgement is to compound one injustice with another. Send Blair to The Hague and reinstate Keilloh. Ration All
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11:46am Tue 8 Jan 13

Demonst8 says...

I would like to Hague and Bush stand trial, but we must also expect an educated man who had taken a professional oath to be accountable for when he failed to live up to that oath. And it is not simply what Dr Keilloh did in Iraq but also his subsequent dishonesty that led others to find him unfit.
I would like to Hague and Bush stand trial, but we must also expect an educated man who had taken a professional oath to be accountable for when he failed to live up to that oath. And it is not simply what Dr Keilloh did in Iraq but also his subsequent dishonesty that led others to find him unfit. Demonst8
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5:08pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Demonst8 says...

Apologies, the first part of my last post 11.46) is garbled. It should read: "I would like to see Bush and Blair stand trial at the Hague, but..."
Apologies, the first part of my last post 11.46) is garbled. It should read: "I would like to see Bush and Blair stand trial at the Hague, but..." Demonst8
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5:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

blindgary1 says...

guilty keep him struck off ...
guilty keep him struck off ... blindgary1
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6:10pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Adam Walker says...

The people who should suffer here are the evil warmongers like Bliar who started the war in the first place. Their WMD lie has cost the lives of countless tens of thousands of innocent men women and children. Their lies have also cost this doctor his career. The sooner the political elite who took us into this and other illegal conflicts face war crime charges the better. Get our troops home now before we see more of this. God knows they will be needed here in the near future as society implodes due to austerity measures and the failed multicultural ethnic cleansing experiment forced upon us; an experiment that will see the end of life as we know it as we are killed off by our masters who are using genocide by stealth.
The people who should suffer here are the evil warmongers like Bliar who started the war in the first place. Their WMD lie has cost the lives of countless tens of thousands of innocent men women and children. Their lies have also cost this doctor his career. The sooner the political elite who took us into this and other illegal conflicts face war crime charges the better. Get our troops home now before we see more of this. God knows they will be needed here in the near future as society implodes due to austerity measures and the failed multicultural ethnic cleansing experiment forced upon us; an experiment that will see the end of life as we know it as we are killed off by our masters who are using genocide by stealth. Adam Walker
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