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Medical Board probes doctor

By AZARD ALI Monday, November 9 2009

A MEDICAL doctor who was debarred from practising in England because of allegedly falsely misrepresenting his qualifications to medical authorities in that country, has set up a private practice in South Trinidad.

However, the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) began an investigation into this doctor last weekend and have asked that he stop working until the outcome of their investigation. MBTT sources said the doctor is not registered with the board, as is required.

This doctor came under the MBTT’s radar when his prescriptions and treatment administered to a person who sought his medical advice after suffering with flu like symptoms, were brought to the attention of doctors at the San Fernando General Hospital. The resident who was treated by the debarred doctor had to eventually seek treatment at San Fernando General Hospital where doctors asked for information on the doctor who treated the patient and the medicines prescribed. When a check of the list of MBTT registered doctors was done, the doctor’s name was not on the list.

The matter was reported to the MBTT and when contacted yesterday, a board official confirmed to Newsday that the particular doctor has been brought before the council to explain his actions. “Yes, the complaint is currently engaging the council and it is a private matter at this time. The doctor is not a registered member of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago. He was struck off the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom and this information is in the public domain via the internet,” a MBTT source said.

A medical doctor is only allowed to practise medicine in this country if he or she is registered with the MBTT.

The official said that the debarring of a medical doctor from the GMC means automatic disqualification from registering with the MBTT. “We derive our bye-laws from the GMC so any complaint before or action taken by the GMC will automatically affect how the local board treats with doctors here,” the official said.

A list of disbanded doctors on the GMC website lists the particular doctor in question as having been qualified with an MB BS. However, in 2007, the GMC conducted a hearing in which the doctor was called on to answer several charges. He applied for a post as Senior House Officer at a hospital in England and falsely stated he worked in that position before, when in fact he had worked as an intern. Another charge alleged that he applied for a Senior House Officer position in a psychiatric ward and falsely stated that he practised in that field. He however, was employed for only one month in psychiatry. The GMC disqualified him from practising medicine.

Health Minister Jerry Narace was unavailable for a comment yesterday on the matter and neither was officials from the Medical Professionals Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

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