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Doctor clears name in bully claim

Dr Raj Mattu
Dr Raj Mattu has said he wants to return to his former duties

A heart surgeon who blew the whistle on deaths in overcrowded bays at his hospital has cleared his name over bullying claims after seven years.

Dr Raj Mattu was suspended for five-and-a-half years following allegations he bullied junior doctors, but was allowed to return to work last year.

His revelations in 2002 were about the former Walsgrave Hospital in the city.

The General Medical Council has now rejected all 150 claims against him by University Hospital Coventry NHS Trust.

The trust had continued the action against him after lifting his suspension. He had earlier been given a first written warning.

'Fully reinstated'

University Hospital Coventry has previously admitted to costs relating to the case reaching nearly £2m.

Dr Mattu said: "I am hoping now that the case against me has finally been concluded and I have been exonerated that the trust will sort out what needs to be done such that I am properly and fully reinstated back to all the duties that I used to do."

In 2002 he disclosed to the BBC that he was aware of two patients who had died after being placed as a fifth patient in a hospital bay designed for four.

He said when the patients suffered cardiac arrest it was not possible to get vital equipment to their bedside.

The then chief executive of the trust, David Loughton, had denied that any deaths were down to overcrowding and said staff had only placed patients fit for discharge in the fifth bay.

It was later revealed that at least 11 patients had died in overcrowded bays.

But a review in 2004 cleared University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust of responsibility for any deaths in relation to overcrowding.

A spokesman for the trust said it could not comment on the GMC's decision.

The spokesman added: "The trust takes its responsibility as an employer seriously and always endeavours to act in the public's best interests."



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