The disgraced doctor left free to prey on patients in Britain

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The disgraced doctor left free to prey on patients in Britain

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 10, 2011 8:10 am

A foreign doctor was able to sexually harass nurses, defraud the vulnerable and misprescribe drugs because of “gross negligence” by regulators.


Dr Maurice Saadien-Raad

For four years Dr Maurice Saadien-Raad, a South African, practised in hospitals across Britain, despite leaving a trail of devastation in his wake. He gave the wrong drugs to seriously ill patients, sexually harassed women he was supposed to be treating and even preyed on nurses.

He conned £50,000 out of one depressed patient who was undergoing psychiatric treatment and tried to persuade a 17-year-old girl to marry him.

However, it took the medical watchdog four years to suspend him, despite warnings from the father of one of Saadien-Raad’s patients that the doctor was already known to be a danger in his native country and in Australia.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has uncovered how the doctor used a loophole to work as a locum in nine NHS hospitals and trusts without his record being checked.

This newspaper has also established that thousands of other foreign doctors could be working in Britain with similar records of misconduct because, until five years ago, not all were checked with the foreign equivalents of the General Medical Council before they were allowed to practise.

The disclosure raises serious concerns about the GMC, which did not suspend Saadien-Raad immediately after allegations about his conduct were made in Britain.

Read More : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8627421/The-disgraced-doctor-left-free-to-prey-on-patients-in-Britain.html


The scary thing is, just how many more unfit foreign Doctor's are there in the UK? As for the GMC's response.....

"Niall Dickson, the GMC’s chief executive, said last night that because the watchdog did not have enough details of the reasons for Saadien-Raad’s suspension in South Africa – despite asking 18 times for the information – it could not strike him off. The South African regulator said it was unaware of the requests."

......disgraceful. His licence should have been temporarily revoked while full investigations were carried out. Any innocent party would have soon provided the evidence necessary to clear their name and allow them to recommence medical practice. Surely the safety of the general public should take priority in these circumstances. We are after all, talking about people's lives here Evil or Very Mad

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Re: The disgraced doctor left free to prey on patients in Britain

Post by Guest on Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:00 am

I'm afraid the GMC seem to be above the law in so many things and the time they take to respond to complaints is quite stupid.

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