U.K. — GP found guilty of fraud, to carry on working at his Birmingham practice

Crime Scene - Do Not Cross. by Alan Cleaver

From the Birmingham Mail news item:

Dr Harminderjeet Surdhar, 46, who owns the Five Ways Health Centre, off Ladywood Middleway, used NHS resources to provide blood testing services to private patients between January 1 2010, and March 20, 2013.

The medic, of The Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, was found guilty of five counts of fraud by abuse of power and handed a 12 month suspended sentence during a five day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay back the £3,750 as well as £4,200 court costs.

Dr Surdhar was rumbled when a whistleblower reported him to the anti-fraud specialist alleging he had submitted tests to City Hospital using the NHS contract. However these were for private patients.

Since the fraud came to light, Dr Surdhar still practices at Five Ways Health Centre, but has conditions imposed on him by the General Medical Council, which is investigating…

Read the full news article here:
http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/gp-found-guilty-fraud-carry-11053427

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