Stirling Observer

Cancer lies doctor suspended after scaring parents

- SALLY HIND

A paediatric­ian who wrongly diagnosed children with cancer to scare parents into paying for private treatment has been suspended while he awaits a decision on his future.

Dr Mina Chowdhury - who is employed by NHS Forth Valley was found to have frightened three sets of parents into paying for scans and tests at his private Glasgow firm Meras Healthcare at a tribunal almost two years ago and this week was found guilty of misconduct after the case finally resumed.

The tribunal relates to his private work between March 2017 and August 2017, when he was found to have created “an unwarrante­d sense of concern” among parents.

Chowdhury also continued to rake in cash training other medics while his case was delayed considerab­ly.

But the Medical Practition­ers Tribunal Service (MPTS) decided on Wednesday that Chowdhury’s registrati­on is impaired and adjourned the case until next year, when it will decide whether he should be struck off.

The MPTS had concluded in December 2019 that Chowdhury’s behaviour was “dishonest” and “financiall­y motivated”.

It said it had been proved that during a consultati­on, Chowdhury informed a 15-month old child’s parents that they had found a lump in her leg which was a “soft tissue sarcoma” and stated that he “knew a doctor in London” who could arrange for her to get an ultrasound scan, MRI and biopsy within a couple of days.

He was accused of telling the parents “it would be confusing to return back to the NHS”.

During another consultati­on with a 30-month-old boy’s mother Chowdhury said the result of a test result could be due to “blood cancer or lymphoma” and suggested treatment in London, saying there were “no places in Scotland where echocardio­grams could be performed on children”.

He also suggested a course of private treatment that was “disproport­ionately expensive” without offering appropriat­e referral for NHS treatment.

During a consultati­on with a third teenage patient he told the girl’s mother that she had a “neuroblast­oma in her stomach which could spread if left untreated”.

The MPTS found he told the girl’s mum they had to have a “serious conversati­on” that “all parents dread” before telling her: “We are going to talk about the ‘C’ word.”

He then told the mum her child needed blood tests and would need to travel to London.

Sources told the Observer’s sister paper the Daily Record of their fury earlier this year that he had been teaching life-saving skills to oblivious candidates from up and down the country, paying thousands of pounds per session.

One medic, who attended a twoday training session in Glasgow fronted by the shamed doctor, said she was “disgusted” that Chowdhury can train dozens of candidates at a time who pay more than £500 to be there.

Chowdhury’s registrati­on was suspended for nine months on Wednesday and the tribunal is set ti continue in January.

A Forth Valley NHS Trust spokespers­on told the Stirling Observer: “We are aware that MPTS have made a decision to impose an interim order and suspend Dr Chowdhury from the register until a full hearing can be reschedule­d early in 2022.”

 ??  ?? Hearing Dr Mina Chowdhury leaves the Medical Practition­ers Tribunal Service in Manchester
Hearing Dr Mina Chowdhury leaves the Medical Practition­ers Tribunal Service in Manchester

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