A LOCAL doctor has called for an immediate end to a fellow Huddersfield GP's suspension.
Dr Mirza Ahmed called the action by Huddersfield Primary Care Trust over Dr Dev Dutt "appalling, heavy handed and unfair".
He argued that Dr Dutt's suspension had nothing to do with patient care.
Dr Dutt, who has an independent practice at Fartown, has been suspended pending an inquiry by the primary care trust into his behaviour.
A dossier of complaints about him has been presented to trust officials.
But Dr Ahmed, who practises at a Bradford Road, Fartown surgery, said the trust had reacted to complaints by people with a grievance against Dr Dutt, rather than genuine concerns about the care of his patients.
"I am a local GP, a member of the Huddersfield Local Medical Committee and a GP member of the QOF (quality outcomes framework) assessment team working for the trust.
"I was very upset to read your article with regard to the suspension of Dr Dev Dutt, a man I have known for many years.
"He is a respected and long-serving local GP.
"To suspend a doctor immediately is a very serious issue and the action must only be taken when there is immediate danger to patient care."
He added: "In Dr Dutt's case, there have been no such concerns and the matters to which the primary care trust are alluding have been going on for three years.
"As a GP representative and member of the Local Medical committee I was not consulted by the primary care trust for my views prior to this action
"I have not been informed of the evidence being relied upon by the primary care trust.
"I have received many calls from local doctors and patients in support of Dr Dutt, as well as expressions of support from the local British Medical Association secretary."