The British Medical Association are claiming that their members are being unfairly targeted following the recent furore surrounding the posthumous striking off of Sherlock Holmes loyal companion Dr John H Watson last week.
Watson's track record as a GP was examined by the General Medical Council after a number of aggrieved relatives came forward claiming that he'd been guilty of gross negligence whilst treating their forebears in the 1880s due to the fact that he was constantly absent from his London surgery owing to his frequent adventures with the famous Baker Street sleuth and that he'd often miss house calls to go wandering around bleak moorland in search of spectral hounds and would even give patients the wrong medicine after becoming preoccupied with plotting the downfall of Holmes' arch nemesis Moriarty.
Since the investigation a number of other relatives have come forward with similar complaints aimed at a number of deceased physicians, including Dr Fu Man Chu, Dr Jekyll and Doctor Doom out of Marvel Comics.
A spokesman for the BMA told reporters. "Whilst we realise that Watson was a pretty dismal physician and perhaps would have been better suited to a career at Scotland Yard, my colleagues and I feel very strongly that there's been an almost unhealthy zeal about the way the media has handled this business which quite frankly borders on hysteria. People's lives and careers are at stake here and immense care has to be taken to ensure that only the guilty are brought to book."
Fresh rumours were again ignited last night as the Twitter social networking site was swamped by an avalanche of tweets making thus far unfounded allegations and complaints about Dr Josef Mengele, dubbed The Angel Of Death, who, it's alleged, conducted a number of macabre experiments on concentration camp prisoners during the second world war.
His great grandson Herman Mengele strongly defended his grandfather last night saying. "He may well have experimented on helpless camp internees but he didn't want to do it, Hitler forced him into it.. He wanted to let them off!"
In a rather bizarre twist Scotland Yard earlier announced to the media that ex Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis has been arrested and taken in for questioning after being linked to the recent Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal. The yard issued a statement which said. "We have arrested a 61 year old male on suspicion of a number of sexual offences and while he's not a doctor as far as we know, he is a complete and utter nob and as far as I'm concerned he's had it coming for a long time".