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NRI doctors in UK, given a six months suspension

London, November 24, 2005
Ranbir Singh

Sean Phillips, 31, of Faversham, Kent, died after a knee operation in June 2000 at Southampton General Hospital. NRI Dr Srivastava and Dr Misra were convicted of manslaughter in 2003 after the pair failed to tackle the obvious signs of a serious illness he had picked up following the surgery. They failed to take blood samples, give life-saving antibiotics or consult senior colleagues. They were sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment which was suspended for two years.

NRI, Dr. Rajeev Srivastava, 40, now based in Dundee, has been suspended for six months and Dr Misra for 12 months by the General Medical Council (GMC). The panel declared itself satisfied that Srivastava's work now presented no danger to patients. The GMC ruling on Dr Srivastava was withheld at the end of a two-day hearing last week but has now been published.

"You did not take prompt action when it was necessary and you did not consult a more experienced colleague despite having opportunities to do so."

But it added it had accepted that his case had "exceptional features".

"You have shown remorse. You have apologised sincerely and genuinely for this terrible lapse of judgment on your part.

"You acknowledge the continued suffering of Mr Phillip's family.


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NRI Dr. Rajeev Srivastava