Devon

Sabotage claim surgeon Ghulam Malik struck off

  • 20 December 2013
  • From the section Devon

A surgeon who demanded £2m compensation from a hospital after claiming his crutches had been "sabotaged" by a colleague has been struck off.

Ghulam Malik's grievance claim was one of 27 he raised against colleagues at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth that were ruled to be unsubstantiated.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service decided Mr Malik's actions constituted "serious misconduct".

It ruled that Mr Malik should be struck off the medical register.

'Undermined morale'

It said in its ruling: "Mr Malik's conduct over a considerable period of time was, in the panel's view, deplorable.

"The panel has concluded that Mr Malik's conduct is not merely unacceptable; it is fundamentally incompatible with continued medical registration."

The tribunal was told Mr Malik was first employed by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust in 2005.

He brought "the first of a number of formal grievances" against members of the cardiothoracic department in 2008.

In September 2010 he claimed he had "almost" fallen after his crutches were deliberately tampered with outside an operating theatre.

Other grievances included claims of bullying, discrimination, racism and a "conspiracy" to have his employment terminated and have him removed from the UK.

The tribunal panel ruled the numerous grievances had "brought disgrace upon himself and brought the profession into disrepute".

It also found Dr Malik failed to carry or responded to his contact bleep, had failed to attend three meetings during the trust's investigation and disciplinary hearing and did not respond to GMC correspondence during its investigation.

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