Children's doctor facing a tribunal
A doctor who was employed as a children's neurologist at Leicester Royal Infirmary for eight years is to appear before a medical tribunal.
Dr Jayaprakash Gosalakkal is accused of poor treatment of three of his patients, by keeping them on medication and asking for medical investigations which were not needed.
It is alleged the doctor, a consultant paediatric neurologist, "did not provide good clinical care to three patients" between August 2007 and March 2011.
It is claimed he did not "implement rehabilitation programmes and continued to treat them (the children), despite there being no evidence of underlying illness, by prescribing medication and directing investigations which were not clinically indicated".
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It is also alleged Dr Gosalakkal did not co-operate with an investigation which was carried out by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust between March 2010 and June 2011.
The doctor is facing a further allegation that in February 2010 he "did not communicate appropriately with colleagues in that he submitted an article to the press without communicating with colleagues".
He is also accused of not communicating "appropriately" in an e-mail he sent to the parents of a patient.
Dr Gosalakkal was a consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary from January 2002 to October 2011.
He was sacked by the hospitals trust on October 31, 2011, although he had not worked since February 7 of that year.
A spokesman for the trust said: "We were concerned with aspects of Dr Gosalakkal's behaviour.
"When we talked to the doctor about our concerns we were unable to agree a way of resolving them and, in 2011, he was dismissed.
"At the time, we asked independent experts to review the service and they concluded the clinical team dynamic was a problem.
"The review also suggested that there were three patients who might have been 'over treated'.
"However, subsequent investigations confirmed all of the children were receiving the appropriate expert care from within the paediatric neurology network.
"As with any case of this kind, we referred the doctor to the General Medical Council and we will take a keen interest in the outcome of the hearing."
The spokesman said all the parents of children under Dr Gosalakkal's care were told when he left the trust and "the care of his patients was taken over by an appropriate consultant".
Dr Gosalakkal was suspended from the General Medical Council register of doctors on March 8, 2012.
This suspension remains in place, which means he is not allowed to practice as a doctor in Britain.
The tribunal is due to start on April 8.