Doctor ‘kicked man in buttock’

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A DOCTOR who worked at a Sheffield hospital kicked an autism sufferer up the backside in a row over a pair of rubber gloves, a disciplinary panel was told.

Dr Robert Bartosik, 47, struck out following the argument at a residential home in Cromer, Norfolk, where the patient lived.

He went on to work at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield – but left after his supervisors were worried he could not perform basic tasks such as taking a patient’s history, a General Medical Council hearing was told.

The GMC claim his actions against the male resident in his 30s amounted to misconduct.

They also detailed allegations of deficient professional performances at various NHS trusts, including his time in Sheffield where serious concerns about his ability and professionalism were raised.

A number of his employers said his clinical skills and knowledge were poor, as were his communication and language abilities. In one case he was said to have been unable to assess a new patient because he could not write in English under pressure.

He was said to have ignored advice from colleagues when he tried to take the gloves from the kitchen of a bungalow at the Treehaven home for people with autism spectrum disorders.

Alan Taylor, counsel for the GMC, told a fitness to practise panel: “Patient A, who was clearly agitated, started throwing cutlery to stop him taking the gloves.

“A member of staff then saw Dr Bartosik kick the patient on the buttock and then leave without the gloves.”

The incident in March 2007 was reported to management at the home run by Jeesal Residential Care Services Limited and later referred to Norfolk Constabulary but no criminal proceedings were brought against Dr Bartosik who was employed as a support worker at the time.

Dr Bartosik, who studied in Krakow, Poland, is said to have failed to undertake an overall assessment by the GMC of his medical performance.

Mr Taylor said: “The GMC’s case is that Dr Bartosik was deliberately avoiding the assessment because he knew he would not perform well.”

The GMC said Dr Bartosik’s fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct and poor performance.

Dr Bartosik did not attend the hearing in Manchester, which is scheduled to last 12 days. Mr Taylor submitted that the GMC had tried all it could in the circumstances to ensure Dr Bartosik was aware of the proceedings.

Joyce Beck, a former support worker at Treehaven, told the fitness to practise panel she had witnessed the kicking incident which she described as ‘retaliation’.

The hearing continues.