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Health Insight August 2002: Disgraced doctors

  Janardan Dhasmana, one of the surgeons at the centre of the Bristol baby deaths scandal, has lost his tribunal claim for unfair dismissal and breach of trust. He was dismissed by the United Bristol Healthcare trust after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council, which banned him from operating on children for three years and extended the ban for a further year. The two other doctors involved, James Wisheart and John Roylance, were struck off..

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Sir Liam Donaldson is examining how disgraced gynaecologist Richard Neale came to be given a job in the NHS months after he was struck off for botching operations. In July 2000, Mr Neale was struck off the general medical register after he was found guilty of thirty-five out of thirty-six charges. A month later, he was given a post in the clinical audit department of Wythenshawe Hospital, part of South Manchester University Hospitals trust. He held the job – which had no clinical responsibilities or patient contact – for nine months. A Department of Health spokesperson said, ‘We are appalled to hear that Richard Neale has been re-employed in the NHS.’

A family doctor who drugged and sexually abused young men over a period of ten years faces prison after admitting thirty-one offences of indecent assault, administering drugs, and taking and possessing indecent photographs. Timothy Healy, fifty-six, was suspended by the General Medical Council in June last year, after thirty years as a GP. Now he is likely to be struck off. At Southwark Crown Court in early August he was remanded for sentence until late September.

A General Medical Council professional conduct committee hearing, held at the end of August, heard how a GP from Blackheath, London allegedly agreed to arrange a kidney transplant using a live donor. Dr Bhagat Singh Makkar was accused of breaking GMC guidelines and laws banning trading in live organs.

Source: Health Service Journal 8th August, BBC Online, The Times 3rd August

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