GP who resigned had been faking patients’ records

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A GP who resigned after being investigated by NHS bosses had been adding incorrect information to patient records at his surgery.

An NHS investigation found Dr Raj Aggarwal carried out a “sustained and far-reaching” programme of altering records at the White Rose Surgery in South Elmsall near Pontefract.

It was alleged records were changed to show patients had received treatments and medical assessments when they had not.

These included flu jabs, stop-smoking advice, blood pressure checks and assessments for obesity and depression.

In one case it was alleged one patient was recorded as having an obesity assessment in January 2011 when the patient concerned had died in December 2010.

It was also claimed a two-year-old child was among patients recorded as having been given stop-smoking advice.

Dr Aggarwal resigned on March 31, 2012, after being removed from the list of GPs allowed to practice in the district by Wakefield Primary Care Trust.

An investigation was launched in early 2011. Findings were presented to a panel of NHS bosses in a report by Dr Matt Walsh, medical director of the former Wakefield Primary Care Trust.

Dr Walsh’s report said: “The difficulty for my investigators was not about identifying records where Dr Aggarwal had made additions but in identifying records where he had not made changes. It is clear from the evidence and from the information made available to me that his is a systemic, sustained, far-reaching programme of making deliberate additions to records over a protracted period of time spanning many years.”

The White Rose Surgery said in a statement: “This incident which occurred back in 2011 was fully investigated at the time by NHS England.”