THE identity of the doctor at the centre of Accrington’s cancer screening scandal has been revealed after the General Medical Council suspended him from breast assessment work.
In September, it was revealed 18 women, given the all-clear by senior radiologist Dr Glenn Anthony Kelly at the Accrington Victoria Hospital, have breast cancer.
Ten conditions were slapped on Dr Kelly’s registration by the GMC’s Interim Orders Panel.
He now cannot carry out any breast assessment work until May 2011. But further sanctions could yet be taken against Dr Kelly, who is still being investigated by his employers.
He could be asked to attend a GMC Fitness to Practise hearing, which can order a doctor to be struck off.
The case was referred to the GMC by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, following a review of 355 mammograms carried out by Dr Kelly between 2005 and 2008.
A GMC spokesman said: "We can confirm that the doctor is under investigation and that he has been before an Interim Orders Panel (IOP). But an IOP cannot make any findings of fact."
Under the restrictions, which have to be reviewed every six months, the doctor must also notify the GMC promptly of any professional appointments he accepts which require registration.
The Trust has refused to identify Dr Kelly, nor comment on whether he has been fully suspended from their employ.
He qualified from the University of London in 1980, and had been registered as a clinical radiologist since September 1999.
It is understood that he had reached clinical director level at the hospital 15 years ago, and he also carried out breast screenings on a consultancy basis at Blackburn’s Beardwood Hospital until 12 months ago.
Health chiefs insist any women who have not been contacted regarding their screenings are not affected.
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s medical director Rineke Schram said: "We continue to follow national guidance in conducting our internal investigation and continue to cooperate fully with the GMC."
- He must notify the GMC promptly of any professional appointment he accepts for which registration with the GMC is required and provide the contact details of the employer
- He must allow the GMC to exchange information with his employer or any organisations for which he provides medical services
- He must inform the GMC of any formal disciplinary proceedings taken against him.
- He must inform the GMC if he applies for medical employment outside the UK
- He must not undertake any breast assessment work
- He must obtain a workplace supervisor
- He must seek a report from his supervisor for consideration by this Panel, prior to any review hearing of this Panel
- He must seek a report from the persons advising the GMC in relation to his fitness to practise, for consideration by this Panel, prior to any review hearing of this Panel
- He must keep his professional commitments under review and limit his medical practice in accordance with the recommendations of the person(s) advising the GMC in relation to his fitness to practise
- He must cease work immediately if the person(s) advising the GMC in relation to his fitness to practise recommends that he does so
- He must inform the following parties that his registration is subject to the conditions listed above: a. Any organisation or person employing or contracting with him to undertake medical work. b. Any locum agency or out-of-hours service he is registered with or applies to be registered with (at the time of application) c. Any prospective employer (at the time of application).