East Lancashire trainee GP had others ‘sign him in’

Blackburn Citizen: Dr Omar Sultan Chaudhry Dr Omar Sultan Chaudhry

A TRAINEE doctor who worked at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals has admitted he asked colleagues to sign him in for teaching sessions he failed to attend.

And Dr Omar Sultan Chaudhry has also accepted he took an unauthorised day off while on a placement at Darwen Healthcare, a hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told.

One doctor insisted he was one of at least two student GPs in his class who were getting other trainees to ‘sign in’ for them, the trib-unal heard.

Dr Chaudhry also receiv-ed pay he was not entitled to for missing the sessions. Each trainee GP had to complete 70per cent of them to complete their course.

He was caught out by an investigation launched by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust after concerns were raised by senior figures in the organisat-ion’s clinical education dep-artment.

The doctor told Linda Whitfield, head of clinical education, that around the time of the missed lectures there had been concerns about the health and well-being of a family member.

He confessed to asking his friends to ‘sign him in’ the attendance register, and knew he had done wrong.

Another trainee, Dr Mich-ael Dawber, said one of his friends had been having difficulties attending sess-ions because of work comm- itments on the accident and emergency ward.

And he did not believe it was fair he should be pen-alised – when Dr Chaudhry and a second doctor did not appear to be attending most lectures.

Giving evidence, Dr Chaud- hry said he had attended a number of the sessions in question, but accepted he could not provide dates.

He said: “I extremely reg-ret involving third parties in my dishonesty and app-reciate that this is an agg-ravating factor in my misconduct.”

The doctor has secured testimonials from a number of medics, including cons-ultants at the Royal Oldham Hospital and colleagues at his new surgery in Heyw-ood.

He has admitted failing to attend teaching sessions between September 2010 and July 2011, causing his signature to be entered on attendance registers when he was not there, and rec-eiving pay he was not ent-itled to.

The MPTS panel must now decide if his fitness to prac-tice is impaired.

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8:36pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later.
Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later. Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 36

8:42pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later.
Strike him off. Dishonest scumbag.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later.[/p][/quote]Strike him off. Dishonest scumbag. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 41

8:49pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Bluelizzy says...

Hmm dishonesty proven don't think he can be trusted dishing out prescriptions, managing expenses. Get shut.
Hmm dishonesty proven don't think he can be trusted dishing out prescriptions, managing expenses. Get shut. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 37

8:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

HarryBosch says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later.
Strike him off. Dishonest scumbag.
Totally agree with you muggers, and also strike off his co-conspirators who signed him in. They are all dishonest and unfit to practice.
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: Hmmm and I'm sat in his surgery waiting for an honest opinion on my health, I think not!!once a thief always a thief dismissal now is better than a prison sentence later.[/p][/quote]Strike him off. Dishonest scumbag.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you muggers, and also strike off his co-conspirators who signed him in. They are all dishonest and unfit to practice. HarryBosch
  • Score: 41

9:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Pyewacket2 says...

The doctor told Linda Whitfield, head of clinical education, that around the time of the missed lectures there had been concerns about the health and well-being of a family member.

If this had been a genuine excuse I am sure that his superiors would have genuinely excused his absence, after all, these unfortunate events are beyond our control, and do happen. That he gave this excuse once he was found out, points to his guilt. I agree with all the above postees, get shut now, the NHS in E.Lancs is discredited enough already.
The doctor told Linda Whitfield, head of clinical education, that around the time of the missed lectures there had been concerns about the health and well-being of a family member. If this had been a genuine excuse I am sure that his superiors would have genuinely excused his absence, after all, these unfortunate events are beyond our control, and do happen. That he gave this excuse once he was found out, points to his guilt. I agree with all the above postees, get shut now, the NHS in E.Lancs is discredited enough already. Pyewacket2
  • Score: 33

10:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

burner says...

I saw the headline, saw the photo, saw the name and . . . . . .
I saw the headline, saw the photo, saw the name and . . . . . . burner
  • Score: 6

12:20am Tue 25 Feb 14

Graham Hartley says...

In yore's days, lectures were missed and it didn't make no never mind. Look at how I turned out, innit.
In yore's days, lectures were missed and it didn't make no never mind. Look at how I turned out, innit. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 5

9:00am Tue 25 Feb 14

Darren1951 says...

I don't know if it's still the case, but if anyone got a colleague to "clock them in" in a factory when they weren't actually there, both parties would have been committing criminal fraud. What's the difference?
I don't know if it's still the case, but if anyone got a colleague to "clock them in" in a factory when they weren't actually there, both parties would have been committing criminal fraud. What's the difference? Darren1951
  • Score: 17

9:23am Tue 25 Feb 14

Fire Fly says...

The Deanery's are to blame for the attitude of junior doctors these days.

Several years ago, juniors were hardworking & respectful. Nowadays there is a culture of them being treated like babies & the deanery comes down hard on trusts employing them should a junior complain about not being treated like a prince / princess by their senior colleagues.

Being a doctor is a tough job, especially for those remaining in a hospital setting. You have to make tough calls day in & day out with as little emotion as possible, its high time the training of junior doctors went back a few years because current practice is making it far to easy for an increasing number of them to behave like petulant children.

The majority are hardworking, respectful & will make exceptional doctors, its the likes of this one & co who need to be reigned in.
The Deanery's are to blame for the attitude of junior doctors these days. Several years ago, juniors were hardworking & respectful. Nowadays there is a culture of them being treated like babies & the deanery comes down hard on trusts employing them should a junior complain about not being treated like a prince / princess by their senior colleagues. Being a doctor is a tough job, especially for those remaining in a hospital setting. You have to make tough calls day in & day out with as little emotion as possible, its high time the training of junior doctors went back a few years because current practice is making it far to easy for an increasing number of them to behave like petulant children. The majority are hardworking, respectful & will make exceptional doctors, its the likes of this one & co who need to be reigned in. Fire Fly
  • Score: 15

4:48pm Tue 25 Feb 14

onsidecobra says...

The one thing that there must be between yourself and your Doctor is TRUST. This individual has shown that he cannot be trusted in any shape or form so before he is allowed to go forth and practice amongst the trusting general public it maybe a good idea to strike him off and let him go before he does some real damage, the sooner the better.
The one thing that there must be between yourself and your Doctor is TRUST. This individual has shown that he cannot be trusted in any shape or form so before he is allowed to go forth and practice amongst the trusting general public it maybe a good idea to strike him off and let him go before he does some real damage, the sooner the better. onsidecobra
  • Score: 4

5:41pm Tue 25 Feb 14

onsidecobra says...

Darren1951 wrote:
I don't know if it's still the case, but if anyone got a colleague to "clock them in" in a factory when they weren't actually there, both parties would have been committing criminal fraud. What's the difference?
Your're right Darren1951, I served my time in one of the big engineering factories that used to exist in Blackburn and if I had clocked in another worker when he was absent or late it would have been curtains for me, and him, if I was found out. Sincere apologies to the ladies but there wasn't any girl apprentices as I remember in those days.
[quote][p][bold]Darren1951[/bold] wrote: I don't know if it's still the case, but if anyone got a colleague to "clock them in" in a factory when they weren't actually there, both parties would have been committing criminal fraud. What's the difference?[/p][/quote]Your're right Darren1951, I served my time in one of the big engineering factories that used to exist in Blackburn and if I had clocked in another worker when he was absent or late it would have been curtains for me, and him, if I was found out. Sincere apologies to the ladies but there wasn't any girl apprentices as I remember in those days. onsidecobra
  • Score: 1

8:52pm Tue 25 Feb 14

TattyAnn says...

Each trainee had to attend 70% of sessions to complete the course - 70% not 100% - so commitments due to work and family have already been factored in. Trainees were also paid per session. It worries me that people who can't be a**ed to attend training AND feel it is their right to continue to claim their session fees and expenses are now tasked with the responsibility of looking after our health and wellbeing.

Perhaps someone should suggest that they consider a career in Politics and leave medicine to people who genuinely care.
Each trainee had to attend 70% of sessions to complete the course - 70% not 100% - so commitments due to work and family have already been factored in. Trainees were also paid per session. It worries me that people who can't be a**ed to attend training AND feel it is their right to continue to claim their session fees and expenses are now tasked with the responsibility of looking after our health and wellbeing. Perhaps someone should suggest that they consider a career in Politics and leave medicine to people who genuinely care. TattyAnn
  • Score: 0

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