Doctor denies carrying out private work while off sick.
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A HOSPITAL psychiatrist from Solihull is to stand trial over allegations he defrauded the NHS by doing private work while he was supposedly off sick.
Dr Nawshad Suleman, who was based at St Michael's psychiatric hospital in Warwick, is also accused of misusing NHS Trust facilities for private consultations.
Suleman, 64, of Beaminster Road, Solihull, pleaded not guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of defrauding Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust.
The first charge alleges he submitted medical certificates saying he was unfit to work in September 2012 but was undertaking private paid work while also receiving sick pay from the Trust.
The psychiatrist is also said to have defrauded the NHS Trust in a similar way between May and November 2013, again by carrying out private paid work while receiving sick pay.
The third charge alleges he abused his position as a doctor with the Trust on various dates between January 2012 and April 2013.
It is alleged he undertook private consultations using the Trust's facilities during working hours, at a time when he was contracted and paid to be working for the Trust.
The case was adjourned for trial next April and Suleman was remanded on unconditional bail.
Dr Nawshad Suleman