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Anaesthetist suspended over drug theft from Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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Image caption Mr Bartsch left the syringe in a bag under a hedge

An anaesthetist has been suspended for a year after stealing a syringe filled with a drug up to 100 times stronger than morphine from his work.

Klaus-Armin Bartsch stole the Class A drug Fentanyl from Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

He left the syringe in a bag under a hedge where it was found by a member of the public, a report said.

Dr Bartsch had admitted theft and drug possession in court last December.

'Clear message'

The Munich-trained doctor was handed an 18-week suspended sentence at the hearing at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington Spa in December.

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It followed a court appearance in January 2015 where he was fined £960 after admitting an assault on his wife.

The tribunal chairman Sean Ell said Dr Bartsch had shown a "lack of insight" given the fact the syringe contained a Class A drug and that Dr Bartsch "would be aware of the risks associated with controlled drugs".

The tribunal, which noted Dr Bartsch was now living in Germany, found he should be suspended "for the protection of patients and in the wider public interest".

Mr Ell said: "The tribunal is satisfied that a period of suspension is sufficient to send a clear message to Dr Bartsch, the public and the profession about the unacceptable nature of the conduct which gave rise to his convictions."

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