Keele University GP lecturer lied over visit to patient's home
A DOCTOR who teaches university medical students has been given a formal warning after failing to provide a patient with proper care.
Dr Majid Artus has been reprimanded by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service after also lying about his dealings with another of his patients.
Dr Artus, below, was suspended from his post at Waterhouses Medical Practice, in the Staffordshire Moorlands, following the launch of the GMC investigation in December, 2009. He has not worked at the practice – or as a doctor in Staffordshire – since.
But Dr Artus remains employed by Keele University, where he works as a GP clinical lecturer. The university today declined to comment on the findings.
The reasons for Dr Artus's suspension were not revealed back in 2009.
But it has now emerged that Dr Artus did not properly care for one patient.
And in a separate incident Dr Artus lied about a visit to the home of another patient.
The GMC report says: "On September 30, 2009, Dr Artus did not provide good clinical care to Patient A in that he did not speak to the patient to take an accurate history and he did not visit the patient at home.
"On November 23, 2009, Dr Artus attended at Patient C's home uninvited after the patient's parents had made a written complaint about him. "He acted in a misleading and dishonest way in that he stated in a letter, dated November 25, 2009, that Patient C's parents 'welcomed', 'greatly appreciated' and 'thanked' him for visiting their home when he knew that they had not.
"This conduct does not meet with the standards required of a doctor.
"It risks bringing the profession into disrepute and it must not be repeated.
"While Dr Artus's conduct, in the particular circumstances of his case, is not so serious as to require any restriction on his registration, it is necessary and proportionate to issue this formal warning."
The warning will be published on the List of Registered Medical Practitioners for five years. It will remain on the doctor's record beyond the five years.
Dr Artus graduated from Baghdad University Medical School in 1989 and moved to the UK to do his post-graduate training.
Following the GMC decision, Waterhouses Medical Practice practice manager Kate Robotham said: "He has not worked for us since he was suspended."
A spokesman for Staffordshire Cluster of primary care trusts said: "Dr Majid Artus no longer practices in Staffordshire.
"The decision of NHS North Staffordshire Performance Panel to not suspend Dr Artus in 2010 would, in retrospect, seem reasonable."
Dr Artus was unavailable to comment.