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Consultant is struck off for billing NHS for hours he was already being paid for

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4683 (Published 05 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4683
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant acute care physician who billed his NHS employer for extra work on “escalation wards” while also being paid for his regular contracted services has been struck off the UK medical register, after a medical practitioners tribunal found that his conduct amounted to “persistent dishonesty.”

Syed Ahmed told the hearing in Manchester that he had billed “in accordance with the common practice of his colleagues” at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport and did not think that he was doing anything wrong. But two business managers at the trust and three other consultants testified that such billing was not the norm.

Ahmed and other consultants at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust worked according to a job plan that required a …

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