Whistleblower thanked but still suspended

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:634
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    An investigation by the Audit Commission has supported several concerns expressed by a consultant surgeon about private practice at a hospital in south Wales.

    The investigation found that the Prince Philip Hospital at Llanelli had lost out on income, that private patients were not correctly charged for prostheses, and that private outpatients were not always billed for x ray examinations and injections.

    A confidential letter detailing the findings of the investigation from the head of the commission's antifraud unit, also said that, at the time, no one at the Prince Philip Hospital had been formally designated as a private patients officer. Nor had the hospital any system for monitoring the effects on the NHS of its decision in 1997 to set aside the rule that full time NHS consultants should not derive more than 10% …

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