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Suspended doc probe costs pounds 1m.

Byline: Nick Dorman

A HEART doctor has cost a cash-strapped trust more than pounds 1million after being suspended six years ago.

Consultant cardiologist Sisiresh Chakrabarty has stayed on the payroll since November 2005 as hospital bosses investigate claims of his incompetency.

It is understood he has been paid up to pounds 560,823 and legal fees could double the cost to Ipswich Hospital - which is already pounds 5million in the red.

Furious MP Ben Gummer said: "The hospital were not happy with the performance of this doctor. They should be able to sack him without an outrageous bill.

"I will be lobbying to change the rules on keeping someone on full pay for this amount of time.

"In the last six years that money could have been much better spent on the heart unit, cancer care or for elderly patients."

The General Medical Council told Dr Chakrabarty he could work again under strict conditions in 2009.

But Ipswich Hospital said it "continues its dialogue" with the consultant and his representatives, under national guidelines.

Dr Chakrabarty and his solicitors were unavailable for comment.
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jul 3, 2011
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