Doctor admits fitness to practice charge

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A DOCTOR accused of neglecting a patient while working for St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust made several admissions before a fitness to practise panel last week.

Dr Rajat Banerjee admitted he was not in attendance during a highly critical stage of a procedure while treating a patient - referred to only as Patient A - in December 2005.

However, he did not accept that he failed to fulfil the “primary goal of anaesthesia”.

The former staff grade anaesthetist also did not accept accusations that he failed to inform colleagues about his absence from the operating theatre and failed to delegate his responsibilities to another doctor.

He did, however, accept that he was not immediately accessible when problems arose.

Dr Banerjee also admitted attending four external courses by means of paid study leave in 2006.

But he did not accept accusations that he was not only not booked on the courses, but did not attend, did not inform his employer of his non-attendance and then lied when questioned by a colleague.

Dr Banerjee went on to make several other admissions before an ongoing fitness to practise hearing in Manchester about his subsequent time working as a staff grade doctor in anaesthetics in Bolton.

He admitted leaving the room and entering an adjacent room while treating Patients B and C in May 2009 - but does not accept that he lay down on a treatment bed and closed his eyes.

Dr Banerjee also admitted treating Patient D in relation to muscular paralysis in January 2010 despite feeling “unwell”.

He accepted that he also failed to administer both a reversal agent and morphine and failed to devise or implement a treatment strategy.

Dr Banerjee also admitted failing to ensure adequate provision of anaesthesia to Patient E in May 2010.

Dr Banerjee stands accused of leaving anaesthetised patients unattended on more than one occasion while working for the Trust between January 2002 and July 2007.

It is alleged that the then staff grade anaesthetist left patients without the requisite safeguards in place and was warned that his conduct was deemed “unacceptable” in a letter from the Head of Service in April 2002.

It is also alleged that Dr Banerjee disappeared when a patient, referred to only as Patient A, was at a highly critical stage of a medical procedure.

He stands accused of failing to fulfil the primary goal of anaesthesia to induce and maintain a level of unresponsiveness.