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Bobby Qureshi struck off Yesterday 22:57 #1

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Newsflash re Dr Bobby Qureshi :kiss:

Tribunal determination handed down a short while ago, erasure from the Medical Register (struck off)!

Because the MPTS gave short notice (yesterday afternoon) that the decision would be handed down this morning, Bobby was unable to get here (Manchester) in time, and Mr Davies conveyed his apologies to the Tribunal.

Yet again, other than the legal teams, I was the only person who attended the hearing this morning, with no journalists present.

I will update with further details in due course.
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GMC submissions 13 Sep 2019 18:57 #2

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Mr Christopher Rose (not Mr Simon Jackson as expected) made submissions for the General Medical Council (GMC) this morning.*



To maintain public confidence in the profession, and due to Dr Qureshi's 'lack of insight and persistent dishonesty', he said that the only sanction proportionate in this case is one of erasure from the GMC register.

Bobby Qureshi was present, and will be again on Monday morning when Mr Russell Davies makes his submissions to the tribunal. After which the MPTS tribunal members will go back in camera to decide on sanctions, which will be handed down by the end of the week.

*I will add Mr Rose's submissions here next week :kiss:

Meanwhile, as I've posted before, I find it unfair that Dr Qureshi's colleagues, including Saj Khan and Scott Robbie, are not sharing the punishment as they did the profits from the operations they similarly performed at the London Eye Hospital!
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Bobby Qureshi impairment decision 12 Sep 2019 18:20 #3

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Decision handed down early this afternoon before the tribunal retired for the day :kiss:

The MPTS tribunal has decided that Dr Qureshi’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of misconduct. It will now consider whether it is necessary to impose a sanction on his registration.’











And as I noted throughout the hearing, so many of the proven allegations reflect exactly what OE are doing!

Mr Russell Davies (BQ’s counsel) apologised on his client’s behalf for Dr Qureshi’s absence today, but assured the tribunal that he will attend tomorrow morning when submissions in response to the impairment decision will be made by Mr Simon Jackson, counsel for the GMC.

On Monday morning Mr Davies will make submissions on behalf of his client.

Following this, the tribunal will presumably go back in camera to discuss the sanctions stage, which could see Bobby Q struck off and unable to practise as a doctor in the UK.

Of course there’s a slim chance he could be suspended for a period of time - in the same way the General Optical Council suspended Optical Express optometrist John Margetts in 2017, after he was filmed lying by an undercover BBC TV journalist in 2015. (Search ‘OERML l Sasha Rodoy’ YouTube videos for BBC West broadcast.)

To be cont’d...

Bobby Qureshi update 11 Sep 2019 18:40 #4

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Dr Muhammad Ali Qureshi MPTS update :kiss:

Legal representatives for the GMC and Dr Qureshi made submissions to the tribunal on Monday, after which the panel went back in camera to consider their decision on impairment.

Unexpectedly, very late this afternoon, the tribunal asked both parties to be available from noon tomorrow, indicating the likelihood of the impairment decision being handed down tomorrow afternoon. (I will be there!)

Meanwhile, Bobby Qureshi's comments in this article are amusing to read given where he’s ended up!



'I own a very profitable organization that is still based on my original principles… Worst case scenario, it won’t work out, but you’ll learn so much in the process.'
theophthalmologist.com/subspecialties/wh...-believe-in-yourself
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Bobby Qureshi's MPTS tribunal decision 04 Sep 2019 16:40 #5

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The MPTS facts decision for Dr Muhammad Ali Qureshi was handed down this afternoon - 226 pages :kiss:



Bobby Qureshi did not attend the hearing, which is now adjourned until Monday 9 September, when the tribunal will consider whether the doctor’s fitness to practise is impaired based on the facts found proved.

'Dr Muhammad Qureshi (4155241)
DETERMINATION ON THE FACTS – 04/09/2019

Background
1. Mr Qureshi obtained his BSc from the University of St Andrews, Scotland in 1992. He then went on to qualify as a doctor three years later having attended Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and obtaining his MBBS from the University of London in 1995. Post qualification Mr Qureshi went on to specialise in ophthalmology obtaining Senior House Officer (‘SHO’) and Specialist Registrar (SpR) posts in hospitals both in the United Kingdom and abroad, including a year at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He achieved Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2000 by specialist examination in ophthalmology. Between 2001 and 2008 Mr Qureshi undertook a number of SpR and subsequently consultant posts at different hospitals. In 2008 Mr Qureshi obtained a post of consultant ophthalmologist at East Surrey Hospital and in 2011 left NHS practice to undertake, on a full time basis, private practice as an ophthalmologist.

2. Up until circa July 2017, Mr Qureshi practiced from his private eye hospital, London Eye Hospital Limited (‘LEH Limited’) trading as the London Eye Hospital Limited (‘LEH’) as a Consultant Ophthalmologist. During the period of the alleged incidents, he had, and has to date, a considerable interest in research, particularly in relation to intraocular lenses (‘IOLs’). Mr Qureshi now lives and works in Dubai and also conducts research in Spain.

3. During the period of the alleged incidents (2003-2017) Mr Qureshi was the ‘Medical Director’ of the LEH and sole director and shareholder of LEH Limited.

4. Mr Qureshi was also the sole director and shareholder of LEH Pharma Limited (formerly known as London Eye Hospital Pharma Limited) a company concerned in the development of IOL lenses. It is alleged that LEH Pharma Limited was the patent holder of the IOLAMD and the EyeMAX Mono lenses. Mr Qureshi had been intimately involved in the invention and development of these innovative IOL’s.

5. The allegations against Mr Qureshi relate to the treatment of 24 patients and him advising and/or performing specialist lens replacement surgery for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (‘AMD’) and / or cataracts. The Allegations in general terms relate to:
• making false statements as to the improvement in vision that could be expected to be achieved from lens replacement surgery;
• failing to advise adequately, or at all, as to potential risks of the surgical procedures;
• failing to obtain informed consent from the patients;
• failing to communicate with other doctors/health professionals involved in his patients care;
• performing procedures on patients that were not clinically indicated and which would confer no benefit to the patient and would expose them to risk;
• allowing the use of pressure selling techniques to persuade patients to undergo IOL procedures;
• in relation to a number of the above matters, it is alleged that Mr Qureshi’s actions were dishonest and/or financially motivated.'

I will update when I've had time to read through...

Meanwhile, the allegations can be read below.
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GMC allegations re Dr Muhammad Ali ('Bobby') Qureshi 01 Sep 2019 17:26 #6

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Some allegations were withdrawn after the MPTS hearing commenced in January :kiss:



Bobby Qureshi's MPTS tribunal decision 17 Aug 2019 16:13 #7

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'The facts decision will be handed down in public on Wednesday 4 September...'


I am of course attending, and will publish the tribunal's decision as soon as the hearing adjourns :kiss:

I am also aware that I haven't yet published the MPTS list of the General Medical Council (GMC) allegations against Dr Muhammed Ali Qureshi - 26 pages! - but I will scan and post on this forum as soon as I have time to do so!
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Update on Bobby Qureshi's MPTS hearing... 15 Aug 2019 20:09 #8

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The amended date for the facts decision to be handed down will be announced tomorrow, and as soon as I have details I will publish :kiss:
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Bobby Qureshi MPTS hearing update 01 Apr 2019 16:01 #9

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Update on the MPTS hearing for Dr 'Bobby' Muhammad Ali Qureshi...



It's a complex process, and although it's been spelled out to me, I'm not going to attempt to explain it to you in anything other than simple terms :kiss:

In camera, the tribunal will look at all the evidence, discuss, and decide whether or not they accept the allegations brought against Dr Qureshi as having happened in the way they were presented by the GMC.

If not, the hearing will end when the tribunal hand down that decision in August, date to be advised nearer the time.

However, if the allegations are accepted as true, then further evidence and submissions will be presented in September, after which the tribunal will make their decision on Dr Qureshi's fitness to practise.

He could receive a warning just not to repeat his actions, a suspension, or erasure from the GMC register, which would prohibit him from ever practising as a doctor in the UK again.

Meantime, I haven't yet had time to go through my notes, but when I get a chance I will post some of the evidence heard from Bobby Q on days I attended the hearing in Manchester last month.
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Niall Patton cont'd 14 Mar 2019 19:54 #10

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'From: "Lewis Stubbs (0161_)" <lewis.stubbs@
Subject: RE: GMC Ref: 4155241
Date: 6 March 2019 at 12:59:36 GMT
To: SashaMBE <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Dear Ms Rodoy,

Thank you for your email and call yesterday and for allowing me to take time to respond to the important points you raise.

I have now had the opportunity to seek clarification on these matters. In summary, it appears your main concern is that Dr Niall Patton, the GMC-instructed expert, misled the Tribunal when he stated he did not perform refractive surgery. You have noted a number of enquiries you have made suggests that Dr Patton does in fact carry out refractive surgery.

The issue of Dr Patton’s expertise and practise was discussed a number of times throughout his evidence on 7, 12, 14 and 15 February. In answer to this question, Dr Patton confirmed that he performs cataract and retinal surgery as the bulk part of his clinical practice. Strictly speaking, there are elements of this which are refractive surgery, however Dr Patton does not carry out refractive surgery in the absence of the context of cataract surgery and in light of this is not a refractive surgeon.

Dr Patton has confirmed that he does not carry out Clarivu procedures. I note in your email you state that calls to Optegra recently confirmed that Dr Patton does in fact do this. In response to this suggestion, Dr Patton has confirmed that he has checked the Optegra website and seen that it does indeed state he carries out Clarivu procedures. Dr Patton has confirmed that this is an error and he has not performed any Clarivu procedures in the 8 years he has worked for Optegra. In your call to Optegra, you will have spoken to an individual in a call centre working for Optegra who would have advised of the services carried out by Dr Patton based on that as advised on this website, which as noted above was in error.

The error on the Optegra website has been made apparent to them. The have confirmed that it is in error and they will correct it as a matter of urgency to prevent any further confusion.

Furthermore and central to the suggestion that Dr Patton misled the Tribunal in claiming to be a refractive surgeon, although the above evidences that Dr Patton is not a refractive surgeon, even if he had been it would in no way affect the validity of his evidence before the Tribunal at this hearing.

I hope the above clarifies matters for you and as such you will be removing what has now been established as wholly inaccurate comments regarding the GMC expert from your blog. This includes confirming that you will not be uploading the email below as I note you mentioned you had considered doing when we spoke yesterday.

With regards to the emails you sent to me on 3 March, I note that it appears [redacted] states his complaint has already been investigated by the GMC. It may be that the further information you have received from him was not uploaded with his initial complaint and as such he is at liberty to provide this to the GMC so we can consider whether it justifies reviewing at this complaint.

Kind regards

Lewis Stubbs
Solicitor
General Medical Council'

I replied...

'On 8 Mar 2019, at 11:49, SashaMBE <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:

Dear Mr Stubbs

Thank you for your detailed response.

Before I address your points, please note that there is an error in the sixth paragraph of your email.

And, with respect, by its very definition, you are wrong to say that their are elements of refractive surgery in cataract and retinal surgery: cataract and retinal operations are performed for medical reasons, while refractive surgery is not, hence it being unavailable on the NHS.

I would also like to make it clear that I employ due diligence before publishing any information on my sites, and can assure you that it was not only an individual in Optegra’s call centre who advised that Mr Patton performed Clarivu.

In fact, across a period of two weeks, a total of four phone calls were made to Optegra’s London and Manchester clinics, when both a colleague and I were advised that Mr Patton definitely performed Clarivu, and would be available for a consultation with that procedure in mind. I do not accept that the individuals we spoke with had to refer to the Optegra website for their information.

Although I note that Optegra have now removed ‘Clarivu’ from under his list of specialities on their website, I have recently discovered further information to support my argument that Mr Patton misled the tribunal, and I believe it most definitely casts doubt on the validity of his evidence in this case, and I intend to provide the GMC with this as soon as possible.

I will therefore not be removing anything from my ‘blog’ - as you so describe it, but in the interests of transparency I will be publishing both my previous email and your response...'

So whilst Optegra have removed Clarivu from Mr Patton's list of specialities, Doctify have not.


www.doctify.co.uk/specialist/mr_niall_patton

And I understand that clinicians who advertise on Doctify are personally responsible for the content of their page, or would Mr Patton have us believe this was yet another error?

And while I would be very surprised if Niall Patton's ego had never led him to read his Optegra page during the eight years he's worked there, I leave you to make up your own mind :kiss:
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