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GMC interviews nurse at Croydon University Hospital as investigation into whistleblower Dr Kevin Beatt continues

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THE General Medical Council interviewed a senior nurse at Croydon University Hospital today as it continued its investigation into Dr Kevin Beatt.

The consultant cardiologist was referred to the GMC by Croydon Health Services (CHS), the trust which runs the hospital, after it sacked him in 2012 alleged gross misconduct.

An employment tribunal subsequently found he had been unfairly dismissed for raising concerns about safety following the death of a patient during a routine operation.

Despite its findings, which CHS is appealing, the GMC investigation into the trust's allegations has continued.

Today (Tuesday) on of its lawyers interviewed nurse Rebecca Sandow Ali, who runs the catheter laboratory in which Dr Beatt used to work and gave evidence on his behalf during the tribunal.

CHS declined to comment on the visit and has not said on what grounds it complained to the GMC about Dr Beatt.

Its reasons for sacking Dr Beatt, including that he made "unsubstantiated and unproven allegations of unsafe service" to a coroner and "failed to establish and maintain effective working relationships" with senior members of staff, were dismissed by the tribunal, which issued its verdict in October. 

Instead it noted that the coroner had agreed with Dr Beatt that the trust's decision to suspend a senior nurse on the day of Gerald Storey's operation had been a factor in his death.

In a statement sent to the Advertiser, the GMC said it does not comment on individual investigations.

Dr Beatt is listed as registered with a licence to practice on the GMC's website. 

GMC interviews nurse at Croydon University Hospital as investigation into whistleblower Dr Kevin Beatt continues


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