"It was a deliberate course of action"
Dr Nilesh Vadher has had his registration suspended for nine months after he asked a patient to lie for him after falsely prescribing medication in her name.
He falsely prescribed 21 medications while working as a locum at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, between June 16, 2018, and May 18, 2019.
A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel heard that Dr Vadher admitted prescribing medication in the names of two patients.
He then sent an email to one asking her to lie for him.
On May 20, 2019, he sent an email to Patient B, saying:
“If you agree to talk to them the story would be this: after your operation you were getting really bad pains at the operation site and co-codamol wasn’t helping so you asked me for something stronger.
“Then, in the last few months, you’ve had really bad chest infections with chest pains and several bouts of dental infections and toothache.
“At all times you were too debilitated to leave the house and you couldn’t get hold of a GP or dentist so again you asked for my help. That would be the rough outline.”
On May 23, 2019, Dr Vadher was notified by the Deputy Medical Director at the trust that he was subject to a local investigation.
He was advised not to practise as a doctor during the investigation period.
Since May 2019, Dr Vadher has not been employed in a medical capacity.
On behalf of the General Medical Council, Kathryn Johnson said that the allegation relates to very serious dishonesty displayed by Dr Vadher.
She said his lies were sustained, repeated and maintained for nearly a year.
Dr Vadher’s brother, Dr Sailesh Vadher represented him and said that Dr Vadher showed remorse and since the allegation, he has been open and honest.
The tribunal report said: “The tribunal accepts that this was no slip of the pen.
“It was a deliberate course of action that resulted in 21 false prescriptions over 11 months.
“The tribunal has no doubt that fellow practitioners and members of the public would find that conduct to be deplorable.
“Dr Vadher’s attempt to cover his tracks by encouraging Patient B to lie on his behalf may have been an act of desperation, but it was nevertheless inexcusable.
“It amounted to placing entirely improper pressure upon Patient B and it clearly and understandably distressed her.”
A spokesman for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The agency locum has not worked at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust since May 2019.
“He was immediately excluded from working at the trust, investigated and referred to the General Medical Council as we became aware of this conduct.
“This unacceptable behaviour clearly fell short of the high standards of integrity the public expect.”
He was not a substantive employee at UHB.