A SUSPENDED GP has denied that he had tricked an elderly patient into signing a letter asking him to be reinstated.
Dr Dev Dutt took the witness stand yesterday as the defence began their case at a General Medical Council fitness to practice hearing in Manchester.
The GP, who was suspended from his surgery at Fartown Health Centre, denies malpractice on 11 patients between 1985 and 2005.
Dr Dutt, 66, said he had accurately read the letter – addressed to Primary Care Trust chief Kevin Holder – to the partially-sighted patient.
The patient, an 84-year-old widow, had told the tribunal she could not remember Dr Dutt reading all of the matters in the letter – some of which she said were untrue.
Dr Dutt said the patient had invited him in after he helped her home following a chance meeting in the street.
He claimed the patient wanted him reinstated so she would not have the discomfort of going back to hospital.
The patient had said Dr Dutt had not helped her home, but had come knocking on her door.
When shown a copy of the letter yesterday, Dr Dutt said it looked familiar but he was unsure if he had written it.
The former GP said he had not performed an examination on another patient with heavy vaginal bleeding in 2004 because insufficient staff were available.
He added he had made an urgent gynaecology appointment and offered a blood test – which he said the patient, in her 40s, failed to attend.
In the case of an alcoholic patient, of which Dr Dutt is accused of prescribing a diuretic between 1997 and 1999 without review, the doctor said withdrawing the drug would put the patient’s life at risk.
He added the patient had declined a liver transplant.
He denied two inappropriate prescriptions were in his handwriting.
Dr Dutt told the panel he had injected several drugs – not usually injected – to another patient because she was unwilling to take them orally. He added the patient was extremely happy with her treatment.
He refuted claims of writing illegible notes by saying nobody had complained before about his handwriting, though he admitted his writing was not good.
The doctor said a protocol for dealing with diabetes was in place and he had been off sick in 2003 when a diabetic patient produced a very high blood sugar reading.
Earlier the panel heard from expert witness Dr Clare Gerada.
Dr Gerada said an undated prescription sheet was “worse than useless” and “dangerous”.
She added that a comment in Dr Dutt’s records describing former patient David Ruddiman as a “pathological liar” was irrelevant and pejorative.
HCPCT barred Dr Dutt from his surgery in February 2005. The case continues.