A family doctor who ran a ‘failing’ GP practice is to appear before a medical tribunal – for a second time.
This time Dr Manohar Singh, 70, who had 3,000 patients at Birkby Health Centre, is accused of badgering a patient into having her sons circumcised by him.
Dr Singh, whose former practice had been placed in special measures by a government health watchdog, will appear before a medical practitioners tribunal, run by the MPTS, which begins on Monday February 1.
The GP, who was found guilty of misconduct by the GMC in 2010 on an unrelated matter, is alleged to have ‘repeatedly pressed’ a patient to circumcise her sons for a fee on several occasions over 12 months in 2013.
Dr Singh will also appear before the tribunal on allegations that he struck two patients off his list without reasonable grounds.
Outlining the upcoming case, a GMC spokesperson said: “The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that, between March 2012 and March 2013, Dr Singh saw Patient A and her sons on various occasions for the purposes of medical appointments.
“It is alleged that, in the course of these appointments, Dr Singh repeatedly pressed Patient A to have her sons circumcised by him and informed Patient A that he would make a charge for undertaking a circumcision.”
Meanwhile, inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have rated his former practice on Norwood Road as “inadequate.”
The report, just published, gave the surgery its lowest rating – for its safety, effectiveness and management.
It was rated ‘requires improvement’ for its approach towards compassionate care and its responsiveness.
CQC inspectors noted that the practice’s insurance did not cover all staff against medical negligence and lacked consistent records. It also found that the temperature on a vaccine fridge had not been checked for over a year.
The report added: “Complaints made to the practice were not adequately recorded and there was no evidence there had been any learning from them.
“The practice had no clear leadership structure, insufficient leadership capacity and formal governance arrangements.
“Due to unnotified partnership changes, the practice was found to be providing services that were not appropriately registered.”
CQC deputy chief inspector of general practice, Sue McMillan, said: “After a period of six months we will inspect again to check whether sufficient improvements have been made. If we find that the service provided by this practice remains inadequate, we will consider taking steps to cancel its registration with CQC.”
A spokesperson for Dr Singh’s former surgery said: “We are working with our partner NHS organisations to ensure that the practice is fully compliant and the practice expects to have met the Care Quality Commission’s recommendations within the next six months.
“We can confirm there are no immediate concerns with regard to patient safety at the surgery and patients should visit the practice as normal.”
Dr Singh told the Examiner he denied many of the claims in the CQC report and had submitted his own response. He said he was a popular and well-liked GP who cared about his patients.
He said he would vigorously defend himself at the tribunal and added: “I have done nothing wrong. The truth will come out.”
In 2010, Dr Singh was found guilty of misconduct by a GMC panel following the death of Birkby grandma Doreen Froste.
Dr Singh admitted prescribing incorrect doses of the drug but was sparred a formal warning by the panel.
Birkby Health Centre is now run by Dr Sobia Khaliq who took over the contract on January 15, following Dr Singh's retirement.
A spokesperson for Dr Khaliq said she had recognised all of the CQC’s recommendations and was working 'to meet and surpass them'.