QUEEN’S Hospital has revealed a former doctor, who has twice been suspended, worked at the Belevdere Road site for just one night shift.
Bosses at the Burton hospital made the revelation after the Mail reported the General Medical Council suspended Dr Karthikeyan Swaminathan for a plethora of offences which included him failing to attend to a patient at Queen’s Hospital for more than two hours in November 2010.
Medical director at Queen’s Hospital Craig Stenhouse said Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust carried out all normal checks before employing Dr Swaninathan as a locum.
He said: “During the time he worked for us he was covered by a senior doctor and did not act independently.
“When Dr Swaninathan told us there were restrictions in place preventing him working on neonatal we again checked the medical council records and no restrictions on practice were listed for him.
“I can confirm that there were no patient or clinical issues arising from the doctor’s time with us which covered one shift.”
Dr Swaminathan was originally suspended in 2012 for 12 months after it was revealed he turned up late to work, looked scruffy and unshaven and acted unprofessionally while working as a locum in paediatrics at hospitals around the country.
Yesterday the Mail reported that a review panel decided Dr Swaminathan was not fit to return to work.
He will face another review hearing before the end of his suspension before he is allowed to return to work in the UK.