No action is taken against anaesthetist who confessed to falsifying patient’s records

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 23 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1570
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A UK fitness to practise tribunal has taken no action against an anaesthetist who panicked after a patient’s death during surgery and wrote a false account of her actions in the patient’s notes.

Era Vermani, a consultant anaesthetist at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also sought to involve a junior anaesthetist, her trainee, in the deception, she told a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. But after her 12 hour shift she was “plagued with guilt,” she told the hearing, thinking that she had “betrayed the patient.”

On her next day at work Vermani went to the clinical director for anaesthesia and confessed to changing the patient’s record. She also discussed the matter with colleagues. But after a month she …

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