GP banned for using mistletoe to treat cancer

A GP who treated a cancer patient with mistletoe and Venus Flytrap extracts, made by a company in which he was a director, has been banned from practice for three months.

Dr William Henry Barnes had been treating Penelope Dingle (nee Brown), whose death in 2005 sparked a high-profile coronial inquest where it emerged she had ignored expert medical advice, opting for treatment by a homeopath.

During the inquest,