UK: Health Dire, “Foreign” Docs Recruited

The UK’s once-famous National Health Service (NHS) is now one of the worst in the world—a consequence which can be linked directly to successive governments’ efforts to recruit as many Third World “doctors” as possible.

According to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Britain has one of the worst health care systems in the developed world.

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The OECD deputy director of employment, labor and social affairs Mark Pearson, said that medical staff in the UK are “too rushed to improve levels of care that have in many areas fallen below countries such as Turkey, Portugal and Poland.”

He went on to say that the “quality of care in the UK is poor to mediocre” and the NHS struggles to get even the “basics” right and that junior doctors are being relied upon to provide health care.

“What’s unusual about British hospitals is that when you see someone, they are quite junior. We use juniors to provide the backbone of the workforce in hospitals rather than (more highly qualified) doctors.”

The OECD report failed—of course—to mention that Britain’s NHS is now “dependent” on foreign doctors. A report in the Telegraph of January this year (“NHS now ‘dependent’ on foreign doctors, with 3,000 more in last year,” Jan. 28, 2015), for example, announced that

Senior managers said parts of the NHS were now “wholly reliant” on the overseas staff, and said workforce planning was a “shambles” forcing Britain to trawl foreign countries for doctors.

Freedom of Information disclosures from 32 NHS trusts in England show that since the start of last year, they have hired medics from at least 27 countries, including India, Poland, Greece, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.

Polish doctors are, of course, subjected to EU checks, and are not an issue—but the flood of “doctors” from Third World countries, where educational standards are notoriously low and IQ levels even lower, are clearly linked to the decline in NHS service levels.

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Figures from the UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) showed that the number of foreign-trained doctors on its register rose by 2,957 between December 31, 2013 and January 6, 2015. They made up two-fifths—39.4%—of the 7,500 year-on-year increase in the overall number of doctors, which rose to 267,150.

Of the 267,150 doctors of all types registered with the GMC on January 6, 2015, 97,915 (36.6%) were foreign-trained, including 34,120 (41.2%) specialists.

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The effect of all these “foreign” doctors upon service levels was illustrated just this week when “doctor” Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence for failures that led to the death of a six-year-old patient at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

During the three-week trial, the prosecution said the child died after a series of failings by medical staff, including Bawa-Garba’s “failure to discharge her duty.”

Bawa-Garba failed to recognize that the patient was suffering from septic shock and when he collapsed, she stopped life-saving treatment because she thought he was under a ‘do not resuscitate’ order.

The error was picked up by a junior doctor after CPR was stopped for around a minute.

Nottingham Crown Court heard that Bawa-Garba had confused Jack for another patient she had treated earlier in the day, which prosecutor Mr. Thomas described as a “remarkable error.”

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In 2010, a Nigerian—described by the Guardian newspaper as a “German doctor” (!)—(“Locum GP who killed patient with overdose guilty of serious misconduct,” June 16, 2010), Daniel Ubani, was declared incompetent and guilty of “serious misconduct” by a medical disciplinary panel after he killed a 70-year-old patient when he administered a tenfold overdose of the painkiller diamorphine during his first UK shift.

The panel concluded that his conduct in treating pensioner David Gray and the others had “presented a significant risk to patients as he failed to recognize and work within the limits of his own competence.”





“Doctor” Ubani, who treated two other patients improperly during a weekend of shifts in Cambridgeshire was then struck off the UK medical register.

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In October 2014, the GMC’s fourth annual State of Medical Education and Practice report revealed that “black and ethnic minority doctors” in the UK are “30% more likely than white UK medical graduates to have a complaint made against them and twice as likely to face sanctions” as a result.

The GMC concluded that nonwhite doctors as a whole were more likely to receive sanctions or warnings because they had disproportionately high rates of complaints brought by their health authorities, including Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), and investigations related to criminal fraud.

These facts were, of course, dismissed as “racism” by the British Medical Association’s “equality and diversity committee,” but chairman Dr. Krishna Kasaraneni said he had no explanation for the statistics, saying only that “further investigation is needed to better understand the reasons for this.”

Other notable incidents include:

Doctor Mohammad Abdul Aziz Sultan botched his first NHS operation after he was flown in from the Middle East. He operated on the wrong disc when he carried out spinal surgery, and his patient was left in constant pain and limited mobility.

Nigerian Doctor Gladys Johnson-Ogbuneke, who attempted to repair a fractured ankle, was branded a “spectacular failure” by one consultant and “a frightening example of orthopedic surgery” by another before being struck off the UK medical register. She botched four operations while working as a locum registrar in trauma and orthopedics at South London Healthcare NHS Trust, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found.

Consultant pediatric surgeon Dr. Pierina Kapur cut out 90 percent of a baby’s bladder after she mistook the organ for a hernia during a bungled hospital operation, a medical tribunal heard. Kapur failed to recognize the hernia when she carried out the operation on the seven-week-old baby girl. Instead she removed almost all of the youngster’s bladder by mistake, then sewed up the remainder of it not realizing what she had done.

Dr. Faisal Sultan Siddiqui, who landed a top NHS job on a relative’s recommendation, was struck off for his “shocking failings” after he botched seven operations in just three months.

Dr. Siddiqui was “out of his depth” when he was handed a locum post as consultant orthopedic surgeon at Kingston Hospital, in south west London. The hospital didn’t bother to interview him or even check his CV after a “family member working at the trust” put in a good word, a tribunal heard.

Doctor Sudip Sarker, working in the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, specializing in colon and bowel cancer treatment with keyhole surgery, had his license revoked by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) who found that his death rates were twice as high as his colleagues.

A doctor who agreed to be struck off after a series of botched ops is setting up as a brain surgeon in the United States. Doctor Sam Eljamel, who was based in Dundee, avoided a medical tribunal by opting to voluntarily remove himself from the UK medical register after a series of botched operations.

He has now set himself up in a new practice in Berlin, Connecticut, USA, where he describes himself as an expert in general neurosurgery, stereotactic and functional neurosurgery.

Patrick Kelly, one former patient of Eljamel, was the victim of a botched operation. Eljamel performed surgery on Patrick in 2007 to remove or shave a spinal disc. Scans have since suggested the disc was not touched and Patrick nearly died from a hemorrhage after surgery.

Doctor Anjan Kumar Banerjee was forced to hand back an MBE (“Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”)—an official award for “contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations and public service outside the Civil Service” after it emerged that he had been struck off the medical register in 2002 for gross professional misconduct. He had falsified research into Crohn’s disease by substituting his own urine with that of 12 subjects and then was found to have misled patients about NHS waiting times so they would pay for private surgery.

He was also discovered to have made patient Ken Taylor pay out thousands of pounds for surgeries he didn’t need because the “surgeon” told him he had cancer and could be waiting for months to be seen on the NHS.

NHS pediatrician Doctor Mohammed Siddiqui was branded ”callous and arrogant and contemptuous” by a medical watchdog after being found guilty of performing 69 “botched and unhygienic” circumcisions on Muslim baby boys as a sideline for cash even though he was employed as a Clinical Fellow in pediatric surgery at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The tribunal found that Siddiqui failed to take the most basic hygiene precautions (such as washing his hands), and did not recognize the most obvious medical conditions such as seizures. Panel Chairman John Donnelly said Dr. Siddiqui had been “evasive and contradictory” during his evidence and said the medic had treated the GMC with ”contempt.”

He added: ”His misconduct was both a particularly serious departure and reckless disregard of good medical practice and patient safety. Some of his behavior as previously identified, involved breaches of very basic mandatory medical principles.”

Doctor Olufemi Adeyinka Adeogba was struck off the medical register after practicing as a plastic surgeon at the private Birkdale Clinic in Crosby after operations which left several women with “devastating results” after they went under his knife. Panel chair Dr. Malcolm Phillips said: “Dr. Adeogba’s standards fell below or seriously below those to be expected of a competent cosmetic surgeon. The panel has evidence before it from the patients’ witness statements where Dr. Adeogba’s attitude towards them is described as ‘arrogant’ and not willing to listen.”


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9 Comments

  1. “last year, they have hired medics from at least 27 countries, including India, Poland, Greece, Iraq, Syria and Sudan” – what is a common denominator among all of these countries? Beats me!

  2. Suppose we could go back in time 100 years, to a time before socialized medicine existed, and patients had to pay for health care out of their own pockets.
    Paying for your own health care also means selected the doctor you want to use.

    Would any Englishman in his right mind choose to employ someone who looked like ‘Dr Bawa-Garba’?

  3. Who checks these so-called doctors ? It appears all of our services in the UK are being compromised by immigrants with substandard qualifications using Third World practices.
    Why do successive traitorous governments continually turn a blind eye?
    Is our fear of the `racist` label now so strong that we are going to stand idly by watching as the UK sinks to bottom ranking in a Third World abyss.

    1. Jon & Jay: chill out, boyz – the “battle of Britain” is already lost. It’s enough to go and see who lives in some parts of London, once the capital of the proud kingdom which was ruling half of the world … sad, isn’t it?

  4. Just to emphasize how these Third World countries dish out ‘Degrees’, ‘Doctors’, ‘Surgeons,’ and diplomas. What about Grace Mugabe? She received her PhD degree in a world record time, it took her just two months of studying for her new program to get her degree. Before this she said she had been studying through correspondence, but after a number of exams, she could only muster seven percent…that after almost ten years of so called studying. Her record degree was presented to her by her husband, who just happened to be the chancellor of that university, one Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

  5. Lawsuits, lawsuits and more lawsuits. Sue the UK government each and every time this incompetence shows it’s ugly head. It’s only the pain of having to pay out that will right this wrong.

    1. However,it`s not `government` but the poor old taxpayer who gets screwed and feels the pain.
      Fear of the raacist card has us ignoring `qualifications`while `colour` ticks all the boxes.

  6. One of the biggest problems facing the NHS is the culture of secrecy regarding medical mistakes and egos. It’s time that invasive surgical medical procedures should follow practices and documentation standards adopted by the airline industry such as the use of voice and medical instrument data recorders. The medical profession should implement systemwide best practice procedures to greatly reduce mistakes and to ensure high standards of patient care and patient safety. Mistakes when identified should be where possible resolved to the patient’s satisfaction. Surgeons and medical professions should be thoroughly tested and accredited before starting employment in the UK. The NHS needs to implement a blame free culture and with full accountability of medical personnel and protection of whistleblowers with full compensation to patients who have suffered medical negligence without costly litigation. Patients who have been victims all want change and want to prevent anyone else suffering from the same mistakes. An anonymised and open register of procedures, treatments, problems and mistakes with medical professionals being open and honest about success and mistakes and undertaking retraining as needed would greatly improve patient care and reduce likelihood of same mistakes being repeated by different medical personnel elsewhere by improved training. In the long term preventing psychopaths by using PCL-R tests could improve accountability and reduce the temptation of medical personnel to use dangerous and ineffective treatments solely as a means to enhance career prospects.

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