Syrian medic who worked at Hartlepool hospital is erased from register due to racism

Dr Ragheb Nouman arriving at the GMC in Manchester. He is facing miscionduct charges after claiming Indian doctors should ''clean toilets and not practise medicine'' during a series of racist rants at a hospital in Hartlepool. He said they would be the ''downfall of the NHS'' and would ''take us all over'' during conversations with work colleagues.
Dr Ragheb Nouman arriving at the GMC in Manchester. He is facing miscionduct charges after claiming Indian doctors should ''clean toilets and not practise medicine'' during a series of racist rants at a hospital in Hartlepool. He said they would be the ''downfall of the NHS'' and would ''take us all over'' during conversations with work colleagues.

A Syrian medic has had his name erased from the medical register.

Dr Ragheb Nouman faced the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel over claims made while he was working at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

We are pleased with the MPTS panel’s decision - racism has no place in medicine or any other environment

The panel found his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct and deficient professional performance. It also imposed an immediate order of suspension, covering the 28-day appeal period.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, said racism “has no place in medicine or any other environment.”

He said the GMC had tightened up its guidance on what action panels should consider in more serious cases, such as if a doctor has discriminated against patients or colleagues.

“This has been seen in the panel’s decision today and shows our ongoing commitment to tackling discriminatory behaviour in medicine.”

Earlier this week, the MPTS hearing found a number of racist remarks made by Dr Nouman to staff between May 21, 2012 and July 9, 2012 were found to be proved by the panel.

Accusations found proved included Dr Nouman saying to another doctor words to the effect of: “I am not racist, I have no problem with Arabs or Jews, only with Indians and the Indian population.

“Indian doctors will be the downfall of the NHS.”

The remarks were said during a heated discussion with another doctor in the Orthopaedic Department on July 9, 2012.

Dr Nouman said he was referring to two particular Indian doctors who he’d been having difficulties with and his remarks had been misinterpreted.

He claimed the other doctor making the allegations had not told the truth.

But the panel rejected Dr Nouman’s assertions, saying there was no evidence to back them up.

The panel also found proved that Dr Nouman made a series of racist remarks about Indian doctors during a telephone call to the General Medical Council (GMC) in August 2012 including that “Indians should clean toilets, not practice medicine” and “Indians should be gardeners”.