Convicted Indian doctor told he can work again in Britain

November 30th, 2007 - 2:07 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.30 (ANI): A disgraced doctor, who was convicted of manslaughter when one of his patients died of a simple infection, has been told he can return to work.
Dr Amit Misra, 37, was found guilty of gross negligence and given a suspended jail term after Sean Phillips, a father of one child, developed toxic shock syndrome following a routine knee operation.
He was also suspended from practising after the General Medical Council (GMC) heard he had failed to carry out the most basic of tests that would have shown he had a problem
Dr Amit Misra was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2003
But the GMC has now allowed him to start practising again - despite failing to prove himself in a series of medical assessments tests.
He has been told to follow a series of conditions over the next three years, including taking a course in basic surgical skills.
The decision has infuriated Sean Phillips’s family, who yesterday branded it ’scandalous’.
His father, Myles, 61, was quoted by the Daily mail as saying that: I am amazed the GMC have given him a second chance. Are they really that desperate for doctors? He effectively killed my son because of negligence.
In a recent performance assessment the examining body said he couldn’t even tie a surgical knot, which is an essential part of medical care, Myles added.
Sean fell ill and then died after a routine knee operation at Southampton General Hospital in 2000
Seans girlfriend Annabel said the whole incident was disgusting.
Our son Mitchell is without his father for the rest of his life. He’s been robbed of the best dad in the world. I’ve explained to him what happened and sometimes he says: “If they’d looked after my dad, he’d still be here, wouldn’t he, Mummy?” And I have to say: “Yes he would.”
This is the second time Misra’s case had been before the GMC since his 12-month suspension in 2005.
Last year he was ordered to undergo a performance assessment, when a team of senior doctors declared many elements of his practice were ‘unacceptable’.
Misra’s case will be reviewed by the GMC in 18 months, when he will have to show improvements in medical skills. (ANI)

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