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Out of hours doctor put patients at risk.

AN out-of-hours doctor who failed to arrange for an ambulance to take a sick four-week-old baby to hospital has "put patients at risk", a disciplinary panel found yesterday.

Dr Guduthur Raghavendra Setty could now be struck off the register when he appears back before the General Medical Council (GMC) in February.

The GP was working in County Durham for agency Primecare, contracted to provide out-of-hours services for the NHS, between 2001 and 2004.

Allegations against Dr Setty relate to six patients.

The GMC found that Dr Setty visited a baby having severe breathing difficulties in 2001, but failed to arrange for an ambulance or make sure the child's mother was aware of the urgency of the situation. Dr Setty was also found to have failed to refer a 34-year-old female suffering abdominal pain and a 53-year-old man with rheumatoid arthritis to hospital when appropriate.

A GMC statement, released yesterday, says: "The GMC panel has concluded that the facts found proved do demonstrate serious or persistent failures on Dr Setty's part to meet the relevant standards.

"This has clearly put patients at risk," it adds. "Therefore, the panel finds Dr Setty's fitness to practice is impaired by reason of his deficient professional performance."

Dr Setty is due to appear before the GMC again on February 7 and 8 to find out if action will be taken against him.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2006
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