The first case heard under General Medical Council procedures introduced to deal with cases in which a doctor's professional performance appears 'seriously deficient' has led to the suspension of Arefaine Haile, a trainee GP in Yorkshire. A hearing found he was 'unable' to perform basic procedures such as taking blood pressure, and he had 'deficient' knowledge of common drugs. His record keeping was 'superficial' and he was 'unreceptive to criticism or advice from colleagues as to how he might improve'. The GMC will reopen the case in 12 months and has advised Dr Haile to seek advice on 'remedying' his practice.