Leeds hospital doctor drug allegations investigated
The NHS is to investigate claims that a senior doctor at a Leeds hospital took cocaine and other illegal drugs shortly before going on duty.
The allegations were made in the Mail on Sunday newspaper which features pictures of Dr Colin Ferrie allegedly snorting cocaine.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said Dr Ferrie would "not carry out clinical duties during the investigation".
Dr Ferrie made no comment when contacted by the BBC.
According to the trust's website, he works at Leeds General Infirmary as a consultant paediatric neurologist specialising in epilepsy.
In a statement the trust said: "We take any allegations of this nature extremely seriously and will be carrying out a thorough investigation.
"We would like to take this opportunity to reassure people that patient safety is our main priority and we expect all members of staff to behave in a professional and appropriate manner at all times."