Panel told of Trust doctor’s stress

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A CONSULTANT radiologist who was employed by the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and who admitted misconduct escaped being struck off.

Dr Fiona Roman was called before the General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel to face a case of impairment by reason of misconduct.

She accepted her behaviour was: seriously abnormal; not in the best interests of patients; irresponsible; wrong; and unacceptable.

Dr Roman, who was employed at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary between January 2003 and April 2009, admitted leaving work early on eight dates during an 11-week period in 2008 to undertake private work at the BMI Huddersfield Hospital.

The panel ruled she was dishonest to undertake private work at the BMI when she was contracted to work at HRI.

But the panel found it was not proved that her fitness to practise was impared because of her misconduct.

The Manchester hearing heard Dr Roman had an underlying problem for many years and was under significant personal stress.

“The Panel found Dr Roman’s actions were a clear breach of good medical practice. Dr Roman’s conduct failed to meet the standards expected of a registered medical practitioner, and her actions amount to misconduct which is serious,” according to the written findings.

“The Panel is aware a finding of misconduct does not automatically lead to impairment and has borne in mind Dr Roman’s previous good character and there has been no evidence of any wider propensity for dishonesty.

“There has been no suggestion that patients were placed at risk of harm.

“She behaved dishonestly when she was “desperate” in the face of stresses which she could no longer endure.”