Zimbabwean doctor suspended for stealing NHS prescriptions to help ill African father

BIRMINGHAM, UK – A ZIMBABWEAN-born doctor Dr Pasipanodya Guti has been suspended for a month after being convicted of stealing NHS prescriptions for his family.\r\n

Dr Pasipanodya Guti was working for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, including Redditch’s Alexander Hospital, when he wrote the Trust’s NHS prescriptions for relatives in Africa.

The father of three was convicted of two counts of dishonestly making a false representation at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on February 25 last year and sentenced to 100 hours’ unpaid work.

But now he has also been suspended after appearing before the General Medical Council (GMC).

Guti told the council’s disciplinary panel that he wrote the prescriptions after talking to his father in Africa on the phone and finding out that he was in a lot of pain as he had run out of medication for his arthritis.

The remorseful doctor said his “emotions took over” as he was faced with the life of his father balanced against the risk to his career.

He was also unaware that he could have obtained the medication legally, the hearing was told.

Guti admitted disciplinary charges of stealing two prescriptions for his father in Zimbabwe during 2008 by forging the name of two doctors on the prescriptions.

The doctor also admitted failing to inform the GMC of his court conviction and accepted his actions were dishonest, misleading, inappropriate and inadequate.

GMC panel chairman Prof Stephen Miller said: “Guti stated he had been trained to save lives and at the time he made a decision to try to save the life of his father even though it involved a risk to his professional career.

“Guti admitted this was dishonest. The panel noted the confidence in his basic good character expressed by supervising consultants.

“The GMC is satisfied this period of suspension is sufficient to send a clear signal that dishonesty, even when it is motivated by good intentions, is unacceptable.”

Guti started working for the Worcestershire Trust in September 2004 and is still employed there. –Birmingham Mail.Net