|Jailed NHS Consultant Sadhanshu Garg, 46,|
A killer doctor (Consultant Urologist) who was jailed for manslaughter after his negligence 'an isolated incident' led to the death of a mum-of-two can return to work, a tribunal has ruled.
The PBROTRIB is running this item as jailed Consultant Urologist Mr Garg could now apply to work as a Consultant at Peterborough City Hospital, or indeed at any other NHS Trust....
Sadhanshu Garg, 46, (Doctor Registration Number: 4277886) failed to carry out proper checks on Lisa Quinn while treating the 37-year-old for a kidney infection at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Mrs Quinn who was described as 'a remarkable woman with a heart of gold' knew how serious her condition was and had begged doctors to save her.
After she died Garg, who was a consultant urologist covered his tracks by falsifying records.
Garg was sentenced to two years in prison in May 2012 at Leeds Crown Court after admitting gross negligence manslaughter.
He was released after serving a year of his sentence and suspended from working for just 12 months last year after a hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, in Manchester.
A fitness to practise panel, reviewing his case, has now ruled the doctor can return to work – under a string of conditions for 18 months.
Prof Jack Crane, chairman, told Garg: ‘The panel is acutely aware of the seriousness of the incident which led to your conviction.
‘It accepts that this was a single isolated incident, prior to which you had an excellent record and were regarded as a good doctor.
‘Furthermore, the panel acknowledges that you have made significant progress in your remediation thus far.
‘It has noted your intention to continue to work in a clinical capacity under supervision in India until such time as you have brought your medical skills and knowledge up to the requisite standard.
‘The panel is satisfied that it is sufficient and proportionate, weighing the public interest with your interests, to impose conditions on your registration.’
The tribunal heard that Garg intends to work in India until he feels he has improved enough to come back to the UK.
He will have to tell the General Medical Council when he returns when the period of 18 months’ restricted practise will take effect.
As well as keeping him closely monitored by the GMC, the conditions state he can only work within the NHS and he must be closely monitored by a named consultant.
The medic will face another review hearing before he is allowed back to unrestricted work.
Mrs Quinn was admitted to A&E on August 22, 2008 - the Friday of a Bank Holiday weekend - with abdominal pain.
She was correctly diagnosed with a kidney infection with a possible renal stone and the A&E doctor requested x-rays.
The patient was then admitted to the urology department but the x-rays were not looked at for the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend.
Garg did not see the patient until Saturday afternoon and did not recognise the serious nature of the Mrs Quinn's condition.
The doctor could have ordered her transfer to Leeds for urgent treatment but chose not to despite a the life threatening infection..
One nurse remembered Mrs Quinn begging for drugs because she knew she was going to die.
She was terrified and pleaded: 'Please help me feel better.'
When blood tests on Monday revealed the urgent nature of the illness it was already 'too late' and Mrs Quinn later suffered a heart attack.
She was pronounced dead later the same day.
Last year’s MPTS panel noted that Mrs Quinn's death was partly down to wider failings within the Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Over the August bank holiday in 2008 Garg had been on call for eight or nine days and nights.
He was in a state of 'acute distress and confusion' when he tampered with the records following the patient's death.
Systemic issues within the hospital along with mistakes by other doctors made the situation worse, the hearing was told.
An expert report by Michael Bishop, commissioned on the doctor's behalf, identified a number of errors by Garg's colleagues along with poor communication between departments.
It also highlighted 'unsatisfactory' policies and protocols which have since been addressed by the trust.
'The panel has taken account of the information advanced on your behalf in mitigation, including evidence of your insight, the fact that the failings before the panel are confined to a single case, the context of this episode as mentioned in its determination on impairment, and your willingness and ability to learn from these events,' said Dr Anthony Morgan, chairing last year’s panel.
'At the same time, in exercising its judgement on this matter, the panel has borne in mind that its role is neither to punish you for a second time for the criminal act for which you were convicted and imprisoned, nor to respond to any public demand for blame,' he added.
'The panel has taken account of the fact that the circumstances in which Patient A [Mrs Quinn] died, whilst tragic, were not wholly within your control or of your making.
'As it set out in its previous determination, the panel has considered your indisputable personal culpability in that context.’
Garg has not practiced medicine in the UK since he committed the offence six years ago.
He went on paid sick leave shortly after Mrs Quinn's death and was sacked from his post in 2009.
He had been employed as a consultant urologist at Bradford Royal Infirmary since March 2006 after training in the UK, following qualifying in Delhi, India, in 1992.
Speaking after her death the victim's sister Charlotte Godfrey said: 'My sister had a hard life bringing up two children on her own but she never lost her spirit.She was a remarkable woman with a heart of gold.'
Reports Courtesy COURTNEWSUK & MPTS UK
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