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Biomedical scientist struck off on grounds of misconduct and dishonesty

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Olivier Sivakumaran (BS42592) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct and dishonesty whilst registered as a biomedical scientist and employed by St George's Healthcare NHS Trust.

A panel of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service heard that between 18 and 21 February 2017 in relation to Case A, Mr Sivakumaran attempted to conceal his incorrect identification of screening test results as negative.

The Panel further heard oral evidence from his employees both oral and documentary. Mr Sivakumaran admitted the HCPC’s factual case in the Response Proforma and provided no written representations to the Panel.

Panel Chair Sadia Zouq commented

“In this case, Mr Sivakumaran has engaged in a pre-meditated and elaborate dishonest scheme to alter test results, and as a result has potentially endangered the life of a patient. Furthermore, his actions had the potential to jeopardise the professional reputation of a colleague and the reputation of his employing Trust.”

The Panel concluded that there was no evidence that Mr Sivakumaran has since reflected on, or sought to remediate his misconduct and his engagement with the HCPC fitness to practise proceedings has been limited.

In these circumstances, the Panel concluded that the only appropriate order in this case is a Striking off Order.

Mr Sivakumaran was neither present no represented at the hearing.

-ENDS-


Notes to editors

1. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

2. The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Although it is part of the HCPC, the distinct identity of the HCPTS seeks to emphasise that hearings are conducted and managed by independent Panels which are at arm's length from the HCPC. https://www.hcpts-uk.org/aboutus/roleofhcptribunalservice 

3. Full details of this hearing will be posted online

4. See information about the HCPC’s fitness to practise proceedings

5. Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register. This includes members of the public, employers, the police and other professionals. For more information visit www.hcpc-uk.org/complaints

6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. Full list of protected titles

  • Arts therapists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropodists / podiatrists
  • Clinical scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Practitioner psychologists
  • Prosthetists / orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Social workers in England
  • Speech and language therapists

7. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

8. Registrants can appeal the panel’s decision. Appeals are made directly to the High Court in England or Wales, the Court of Session in Scotland or the High Court of Justice in Northern Ireland. Appeals must be made within 28 days of when the Notice of Decision and Order is served. The Panel’s order does not take effect until the appeal period has expired or the appeal has concluded.