A HUDDERSFIELD doctor has been accused of malpractice.
A hearing against former Fartown GP Dr Dev Dutt – accused of malpractice by 12 patients – opened yesterday in Manchester.
Dr Dutt, 66, who ran Fartown Health Centre in Spaines Road, appeared before the General Medical Council’s fitness to practise panel charged with making inappropriate treatments and prescriptions between 1985 and 2000.
Among the charges, Dr Dutt is accused of inappropriately administering drugs, prescribing antibiotics for a child of unsuitable age and failing to manage an addict’s drug dependency.
Dr Dutt is also charged with failing to keep adequate patient records and monitor his patients’ conditions.
He also stands accused of failing to use routine procedures for treating chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
Outlining the case Sarah Pritchard said Dr Dutt’s charges were of serious repeated matters.
In October 2005 Dr Dutt was barred from practising by the GMC – eight months after he was suspended by Huddersfield Central Primary Care Trust.
The Trust move came after concerns were expressed over his conduct in the wake of a series of county court cases he had pursued against other people.
The cases, which Dr Dutt lost, were mainly against friends of his former wife, Cath, and many were against Fixby couple Julie and David Ruddiman.
In February 2005 Dr Dutt – who had been working as a doctor in Huddersfield for more than 30 years – was suspended by the Huddersfield Trust and a locum was appointed to run his Fartown surgery.
The move was then endorsed by the GMC who imposed an 18-month ban.
In a further blow, Dr Dutt was also declared bankrupt.
The panel hearing continues today. It has been listed to run until November 23.