Professional responsibility of healthcare practitioners - Health Committee Contents

Supplementary written evidence from the British Medical Association (PRHP 02)

Thank you for the opportunity to appear as the BMA's witness for the Committee's oral evidence session on 7 December.

I write to offer further clarification in response to a question posed to me during the evidence session. I was asked about the BMA's advice and support for its members on whistleblowing. Dr Raj Mattu, a former employee at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, was referred to in the question.

As I was interrupted during the early part of the questioning relating to Dr Mattu, I want to clarify that about 10 years ago, and in connection with my then employment as a clinical director in Coventry, I wrote a case review of a single patient death about which Dr Mattu had submitted an incident report. I did not recommend any action against any individuals involved in this matter. I understand that Dr Mattu was suspended some months later over unconnected allegations, and I have no knowledge about whether my report was involved in any way with that or any further actions related to Dr Mattu.

I hope that this further information is useful.

Dr Mark Porter

December 2011

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