A ‘MISLEADING and dishonest’ former Queen’s Hospital doctor has been suspended for 12 months for misconduct – after already serving a year-long ban for his unprofessional attitude.
During the night of November 1, 2010, Dr Karthikeyan Swaminathan was called to attend a patient at the Burton hospital’s A&E department.
But two hours later Dr Swaminathan had still not been to see the patient and his supervisor attended the patient herself, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told.
When his supervisor, known as ‘Dr D’, enquired to Dr Swaminathan’s whereabouts he could not be found, but she was later told he had not been busy on the ward since he was called.
The tribunal service was also told Dr Swaminathan turned up late to work, looked scruffy and unshaven and acted unprofessionally while working as a locum in paediatrics at hospitals around the country.
He was referred to the General Medical Council in 2012 which suspended him from working in the UK for 12 months last October.
Dr Wendy Kuriyan, chairman of the 2012 panel, said Dr Swaminathan’s behaviour was ‘misleading and dishonest’.
The ban was due to expire this month and a review panel convened to decide whether Dr Swaminathan was fit to return to work.
Dr Swaminathan, who has been working in his native India since his suspension, did not attend the hearing, but said in a letter: “‘I realize that I could make a significant improvement in my clinical practice.
‘During my last year I have understood my shortcomings as my weaknesses and definitely can improve a lot on it.”
But Gill Mullen, chairman of the review panel, was unconvinced.
She said: “‘Although Dr Swaminathan stated he realises that he could make a significant improvement, he has not provided any evidence to demonstrate that he has reflected on or addressed the issues identified, particularly in relation to his dishonest behaviour.”
Dr Swaminathan will face another review hearing before the end of his suspension before he is allowed to return to work in the UK.