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Doctor Struck Off After Leaving Busy A&E To Get McDonald’s Big Mac

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Doctor Struck Off After Leaving Busy A&E To Get McDonald’s Big Mac

A doctor who left a busy A&E department to get a Big Mac meal has been struck off.

Dr Peter Kizito, 45, travelled four miles and was gone for 40 minutes during a busy night shift.

He didn't tell anyone he was leaving and missed four urgent pagers from hospital staff.

The Sun reports that when Dr Kizito returned to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex, he was challenged by a nurse about his absence but simply said: "I just went to get my dinner."

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Now, after a tribunal hearing, the medic has been struck off. The Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service heard he failed to provide good clinical care across a number of hospitals between 2014 and 2017.

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. Credit: PA
Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex. Credit: PA

The McDonald's disappearance occurred on a night shift between March 29 and 30 2017, and a consultant writing the report into the incident said nobody could leave A&E mid-shift unless there was an emergency situation with Kizito putting patient safety at risk by doing so.

The report said: "The doctor put patient safety at risk by leaving the A&E department despite being on a resident shift and took the emergency pager out to collect a takeaway meal without making any provision for his absence to be covered.

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"This was not within the conduct expected of a middle grade doctor in charge of the shift."

Kizito said he apologised for 'nipping out without the bleep on me, without informing a senior member of staff, however short it may be'.

Initially, Kizito claimed he had only been gone for around 10 minutes but a subsequent investigation proved this to be false.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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The tribunal found that Kizito also falsified a reference on a job application and submitted timesheets with inaccurate information.

Additionally, a number of worrying incidents were revealed, including misdiagnosing a patient with a skin infection when they in fact had a blood clot, and shouting in panic during another patient's cardiac arrest.

Robin Kitching, for the General Medical Council, said: "There cannot be many cases where a doctor had breached fundamental tenets of the medical profession in as many ways as Dr Kizito has.

"He lied to colleagues, supplied false references and email addresses in order to obtain employment, and committed fraud by submitting inaccurate timesheets on more than one occasion.

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"Collectively, they demonstrate serious, persistent, and calculated dishonest misconduct."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, McDonald's

Beth Cunliffe
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