Psy­chi­a­try drop out used fake CV for job

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

A FOR­MER doc­tor at Ash­ford’s William Har­vey Hospi­tal, who based his ca­reer around a bo­gus CV over seven years, has been struck off.

Dr Kelvin Cha­toor, of Gor­don Close, Hythe Road, Ash­ford, claimed he had passed a Bach­e­lor of Science with first class hon­ours and that he was the top stu­dent in a roll of 2,700 pupils.

But Cha­toor, 40, whose am­bi­tion was to be­come a psy­chi­a­trist, had dropped out of the course be­fore com­plet­ing it.

Cha­toor also falsely claimed that he was a mem­ber of the Royal Aus­tralian and New Zea- land Col­lege of Psy­chi­a­trists, a Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil hear­ing was told.

He told hos­pi­tals in Here­ford­shire, Kent, Ply­mouth and East Berk­shire he had worked as a se­nior house of­fi­cer in psy­chi­a­try at Lon­don’s Florence Nightin­gale Hospi­tal from May 2000 un­til April 2005

But he had only worked at the hospi­tal for one month in Novem­ber 2001 and that was in the women’s psy­chi­atric in­ten­sive care unit.

Martin Forde QC, for Dr Cha­toor, said that de­spite Dr Cha­toor’s ad­mis­sions, the pub- lic were not at risk from the doc­tor due to the na­ture of his work. The GMC on Fri­day found Dr Cha­toor’s fit­ness to prac­tise im­paired.

Cha­toor gained the post of a staff grade doc­tor spe­cial­is­ing in adult psy­chi­a­try based at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal by us­ing his fake Florence Nightin­gale post again.

The doc­tor also lied about a post in Trinidad by claim­ing in his CV he had been “fully in­volved in the ini­tial as­sess­ment of all psy­chi­atric pa­tients at­tend­ing the hospi­tal.”

But Cha­toor, who had worked in the ra­di­ol­ogy and nu­clear medicine de­part­ment as a ra­di­ol­ogy res­i­dent, told the panel: “The med­i­cal ro­ta­tions as well as the A&E would have cov­ered a lot of psy­chi­a­try.”

A charge that Cha­toor risked pub­lic safety by as­sert­ing he had passed a Bach­e­lor of Science with first class hon­ours and also that he was the top pupil in a roll of 2,700 stu­dents was thrown out due to a lack of ev­i­dence.

But he ad­mit­ted the claim he had made was mis­lead­ing, dis­hon­est and not of the stan­dards ex­pected of a med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner.

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