Dr Vasudha Mashankar acted ‘dishonestly’, struck off for failures in treatment of young boy who later died

Our thanks to Stu for this. Excerpts:

A doctor has been described as acting ‘dishonestly’ and struck off for failures in the treatment of a seriously ill young patient who later died.

A hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service was told how Dr Vasudha Mashankar failed to treat the patient in March 2015 and compounded the problem by fabricating medical records to protect herself from criticism.

The patient, who has not been named, was originally treated at University Hospital of North Tees before being transferred to Newcastle where he later died.

The doctor, who was not present during the hearing in Manchester, [my emphasis] was struck off the medical register after the tribunal found she had acted dishonestly.

The tribunal heard how the doctor had failed to assess the patient properly and had ignored a nurse’s plea to take a closer look at the ill child…

Evidence before the hearing showed that the doctor also falsified evidence and failed to communicate information to the child’s mother…

After being transferred to Newcastle, a scan showed the young patient has suffered an intracranial bleed and died as a result.

In a statement submitted to the hearing, Dr Mashankar apologised to the family but offered no evidence to explain the false entry in the patient’s notes. [my emphasis]

She wrote: “I have been extremely distressed by the incident and I am extremely sorry for what has happened. I am anguished by the irreparable loss to the family especially the parents. I have reflected on the unfortunate incident. It was an extremely busy night on March 27 when I started my shift and I had to look after the patients who had not been seen earlier.”

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • William Gruff

    Surely the falsification of medical records is a criminal offence? Perhaps it’s only a criminal offence for white males.

  • Paul Jackson

    She is extremely distressed and anguished! The poor lamb! Let’s have a whip-round for her!