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Private healthcare provider fined

11th July 2008

A company which runs an orthopaedic hospital has been fined by a court after an investigation by the Healthcare Commission.

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Orthopaedic and Spine Specialty Clinic Ltd - which runs an orthopaedic hospital in Peterborough - and Mr Ahmed Shair, an orthopaedic surgeon and sole director of the company which owns the hospital, appeared before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on July 9 and were fined under the Care Standards Act 2000 for breaching conditions of registration as a healthcare provider.

The Commission said Mr Shair was also fined on the basis that the breaches were committed with his consent or connivance, or attributable to his neglect.

The Orthopaedic and Spine Specialist Hospital provides treatment for people with orthopaedic and spinal conditions.

Under its conditions of registration, it is required to have an inpatient physiotherapy service provided by a suitably qualified physiotherapist for all those patients who properly require post-operative physiotherapy, and that no patients under 18 be admitted or consulted in the outpatient department.

Mr Shair and the Orthopaedics and Spine Specialty Clinic Ltd were found guilty of breaching both conditions.

The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 towards the Commission’s costs. Mr Shair received a conditional discharge of 18 months and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.

The Commission’s head of investigations Nigel Ellis said: “As a regulator, our number one priority is the protection and safety of patients. That’s why the government requires those carrying out certain procedures to be registered with us, and to meet the requirements of their registration.”

 

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