In summary, the case was about a foreign qualified doctor who was charged with dishonesty in relation to:
(1) making false statements in an application form he had completed;
(2) practising as a GP whilst on a placement, as part of the NHS GP Induction & Refresher Scheme, when he knew he was not eligible to do so as he was not on the GMC GP Register nor registered on the National Medical Performers List; and
(3) submitting 10 claims to the National Recruitment Office in respect of the placement for bursary and other payments when he was not eligible to make those claims. At the end of the fact-finding stage the allegations of dishonesty were found not proved.
Consequently, the Panel found that the doctor’s actions, whether individually or collectively, did not amount to serious misconduct so that it was not necessary to consider whether his fitness to practise was impaired.
The case was effectively won for the doctor at the fact-finding stage even before dealing with the issues of impairment and/or sanction. He was successfully defended by Daniel Matovu of 12 Old Square Chambers. The entire case against him was dismissed after a 15-day hearing.