Locum doctor, who worked at N&N and Addenbrooke’s, struck off after catalogue of errors
11:24 18 July 2014
A doctor who put patients at risk when he made hundreds of clinical errors in less than three months has been struck off the medical register.
A General Medical Council probe into pathologist Dr Ioannis Tosounidis concluded 228 out of the 713 cases he reported on between August and October 2011 contained mistakes.
Concerns were raised about his work by both Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, where he had worked as a locum.
Although many of the errors were picked up by colleagues, they could have had “serious consequences” for patients had they gone undetected, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.
A fitness to practise panel branded his incompetence a “risk to patient safety” and John Donnelly, chairman, said: “The panel considers that they indicate significant departures from the standards expected of a reasonably competent consultant histopathologist and that the range of these errors and in some cases their repetition demonstrate an unacceptable pattern of behaviour.”
He added: “The panel finds that Dr Tosounidis would present a risk to patient safety if he were to practice unrestricted.”
“The panel is in no doubt that Dr Tosounidis’ professional performance was seriously deficient at the material time and that he was performing well below the standard expected.”
The doctor worked for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for a month in August 2011 as a locum consultant histopathologist.
The consultant was dismissed from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, in October 2011, three months before the end of his locum contract, after bosses found he had lied in a biopsy report. He was also caught lying in an attempt to cover up his dishonesty, a fitness to practise panel found.
On one occasion he added a colleague’s name to a pathology report without her knowledge and without accurately representing her opinion, the tribunal found.
Tosounidis later made misleading and dishonest statements during an application to work at East and North Herefordshire Trust when falsely claimed he had left Addenbrooke’s because he had come to the end of his contract, the panel heard.
The MPTS panel found his dishonesty would be viewed as “deplorable” by other doctors and ruled his behaviour amounted to misconduct.
Announcing the decision to strike Tosounidis off Mr Donnelly added: “The panel has concluded that Dr Tosounidis’ misconduct is fundamentally incompatible with continued registration.”
Tosounidis was not present or represented at the hearing, but has commented on the proceedings on his Linked In profile.
He wrote: “I had my medical license suspended twice by the GMC for three months between March and June 2012, regaining it through the High Court of England and also in June 2014.”
“I intend to file a lawsuit in the future in the interest of patient safety against a cover up scandal of a clinical error case against Cambridge University Hospital and part of the GMC’s handling of the case.”
His profile states he is a “successful, powerful and influential practitioner in anatomic pathology.”
Tosounidis has 28 days to appeal the decision before he is struck off.