Hospital doctor made "inappropriate" calls to patients
A TRIBUNAL has found that a Bolton hospital doctor spent hours of his working day on the internet and made “inappropriate” phone calls to patients.
Dr Muhammad Imran worked as a registrar in the obstetrics and gynaecology department at the Royal Bolton Hospital from August 2010 until he was sacked in April 2012.
A number of allegations were made against him at a Fitness to Practise Panel hearing in Manchester.
Dr Imran, who is now believed to be living and working in Pakistan, was not present at the hearing last month, which has upheld now found several of the accusations against him.
The panel now has to decide whether the doctor’s actions amounted to an unfitness to practise and what sanctions to impose, which could include being struck off the medical register.
The panel had heard evidence from Dr Imran’s colleagues about his behaviour whilst at the hospital, which involved being persistently late for ward rounds and clinics and regularly leaving early, being unsupportive of other members of staff and ignoring instructions from consultants.
Consultant Abimbola Williams told the tribunal that Dr Imran was late for her clinics 80 per cent of the time and on one occasion left well before a clinic had finished whilst patients were still waiting to be seen.
She told the panel that the doctor refused a staff member’s telephone request that he return and when she phoned him herself he refused again, stating that he had to go home to get food as he was on call that evening.
Dr Jalila Ibrahim, was a junior colleague of Dr Imran’s when they were working together in the delivery suite on February 12, 2011.
He told the panel how he kept disappearing during the day, ignoring pager requests and patients who could have been discharged were kept waiting unnecessarily.
In the end she said she had to resort to deception to get Dr Imran to help her.
“I had to trick Dr Imran into coming upstairs by saying a patient was really unwell and asking for help,” she said.
Evidence was heard that Dr Imran would spend hours at a time using the internet for personal use, visiting Autotrader, Pakistani news and flight information websites.
Women’s health manager, sister and team leader, Tina Gundlach told the tribunal: “Dr Imran often seemed distracted by the internet and the computer. It got to the stage where I would try and put him in a room without a computer.”
Evidence was heard that Dr Imran inappropriately phoned two female patients after he had seen them at the hospital.
Patient A told how she received up to eight text messages over a two week period in February or March, 2011, from the doctor and three phone calls. During one call he asked he what she “was up to at the weekend”.
When confronted by hospital bosses after the woman complained, Dr Imran denied contacting any patient before later claiming he had called a patient whose family was known to him. His responses to questions about the matter were said to be “vague and evasive.”
Dr Imran was warned not to contact patients using his mobile phone, but the panel was told that he rang another female patient later that year.
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