A GP who left his office looking like a “teenager’s bedroom” has been suspended for two months.
Dr Bashier Oudeh admitted leaving 550 items of patient correspondence lying around his surgery in Fife.
The doctor, who works at Cardenden Health Centre admitted five other charges of misconduct before the General Medical Council (GMC).
Oudeh admitted making retrospective alterations to the notes of 19 patients, although a separate charge that this was done “dishonestly” was found not proven.
GMC expert Dr Graham Archard described the Egyptian-born medic as a “man of habitual non-action”.
Announcing its decision today, the GMC said: “The Panel has found your actions in making retrospective alterations to the clinical notes of 19 patients to be misleading.”
The panel added that “your failure to ensure an appropriate administrative system at your practice caused or contributed to breaches of a number of the fundamental tenets of the medical profession”.
The GMC concluded: “It could have potentially placed patients at risk.
“The Panel is aware that as part of its duty to protect the public interest, the Panel must declare and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour.”
The GP also admitted failing to provide good clinical care to eight patients, after failing to take action in response to blood tests, ultrasound scans and requests from colleagues.
The decision means Dr Oudeh will not be able to work as a doctor for two months, unless he lodges an appeal.
The GMC panel said they took into account his expressions of regret and his contribution to the local community.
He had been working under supervision after the allegations were made in March 2010.
The GMC panel considering the case said: “On 21/22 January 2010, Mrs Caroline Baird, your practice nurse, was contacted by Dr Jelal about a blood test result.
“She went to your office to search for the blood test result.
“She found a considerable amount of loose documentation in your office which she described as ‘like a teenager’s bedroom’.
“She took some of the documentation and contacted Dr Clark.”
The GMC panel also said Dr Oudeh had received a complaint from another GP concerned about a patient.
The GMC panel hearing the case said expert Dr Graham Archard, who investigated the Fife GP, described Dr Oudeh as a “man of habitual non-action”.
The panel said: “He concluded your treatment of seven patients was of a standard below that expected of a reasonably competent General Medical Practitioner and in respect of one patient, Patient 8, it was seriously below that expected of a reasonably competent General Medical Practitioner.”
They added that he did not act with “administrative competence” and did not make use of computer systems.
The hearing, in Manchester and chaired by Reverend Robert Lloyd-Richards, will now decide on whether the suspension should take effect immediately.