'Incompetent' radiographer suspended by medical council

Manik Sharma

Manik Sharma

First published in News Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A HOSPITAL worker who treated cancer patients has been declared incompetent.

The Health and Care Professionals Council conduct and competence committee heard Manik Sharma injured a colleague, had the knowledge of a first year student, and if left unsupervised could have put patients at risk.

Sharma was employed by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust as a therapeutic radiographer, treating cancer patients, from May 10 2012 following an interview on Skype, but when he arrived from his native India colleagues found him severely lacking. He was dismissed on July 12 the same year.

The competence committee suspended Sharma for one year.

  • Read the full details about Sharma's incompetence in today's Gazette.

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8:33am Fri 14 Jun 13

stevedawson says...

A very worrying scenario.
A very worrying scenario. stevedawson
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12:02pm Fri 14 Jun 13

hughie-s says...

Is this the tip of the iceberg I wonder??

As he "had the knowledge of a first year student" why is the suspension only for one year, surely he should be made to re-qualify, at his expense not ours, that is if he was qualified in the first place,
Is this the tip of the iceberg I wonder?? As he "had the knowledge of a first year student" why is the suspension only for one year, surely he should be made to re-qualify, at his expense not ours, that is if he was qualified in the first place, hughie-s
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1:58pm Fri 14 Jun 13

Daniel.1986 says...

I'm sure you would all be crying out as a waste of tax payers money had the trust paid for a flight ticket from India to the UK to interview the individual, who could have appeared exactly the same in an interview situation. I think credit must go to the professional attitude taken by staff in this department to highlight this lack of ability and deal with it accordingly. Well done Essex County Hospital for putting a stop to his employment!
I'm sure you would all be crying out as a waste of tax payers money had the trust paid for a flight ticket from India to the UK to interview the individual, who could have appeared exactly the same in an interview situation. I think credit must go to the professional attitude taken by staff in this department to highlight this lack of ability and deal with it accordingly. Well done Essex County Hospital for putting a stop to his employment! Daniel.1986
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7:54am Sat 15 Jun 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Yes, good on the dedicated professionals at County who should be congratulated. However, it is not for tax payers to fund flights for someone seeking employment.

This report does show he his not the only "incompetent" here? Colchester NHS trust, in relying on Skype to interview and appoint this individual, must be made accountable for their actions.

So we know where the blame really lies!

Instead, someone must have complained about my earlier, valid comments, because they were taken down. Strange how sensitive people get when straight speaking and the truth is censored.
Yes, good on the dedicated professionals at County who should be congratulated. However, it is not for tax payers to fund flights for someone seeking employment. This report does show he his not the only "incompetent" here? Colchester NHS trust, in relying on Skype to interview and appoint this individual, must be made accountable for their actions. So we know where the blame really lies! Instead, someone must have complained about my earlier, valid comments, because they were taken down. Strange how sensitive people get when straight speaking and the truth is censored. Say It As It Is OK?
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1:42pm Sat 15 Jun 13

Daniel.1986 says...

Oh right.....so where does the blame really lie then 'say it as it is'?

I think you'd be a little miss-guided to think the use of skype was something not routinely used within the NHS for a variety of reasons. It allows communication between experts from a range of disciplines to approach strategic care plans for patients.

I think the blame here would be put upon Manik Sharma himself, there are many very capable Indian nationals within the NHS.

I think the Gazette may also be at fault for the way they have reported it, local rag always at the throats of the local hospital, it happens all over the country.

Journalism in this case should have given a whole picture so as not to worry vulnerable patients who are receiving care at a point of their lives which is of critical importance.
Oh right.....so where does the blame really lie then 'say it as it is'? I think you'd be a little miss-guided to think the use of skype was something not routinely used within the NHS for a variety of reasons. It allows communication between experts from a range of disciplines to approach strategic care plans for patients. I think the blame here would be put upon Manik Sharma himself, there are many very capable Indian nationals within the NHS. I think the Gazette may also be at fault for the way they have reported it, local rag always at the throats of the local hospital, it happens all over the country. Journalism in this case should have given a whole picture so as not to worry vulnerable patients who are receiving care at a point of their lives which is of critical importance. Daniel.1986
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3:40pm Sat 15 Jun 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Skype may well be a useful tool for communication between experts from a range of disciplines to approach strategic care plans for patients. Emphasis on the word 'experts'.

However, far to simplistic to think the blame here rests entirely with Manik Sharma. Unfortunately this case seems typical of everything that is wrong with the NHS who look to blame anyone and in doing so they ignore their own failings and incompetence.

Also strange you raise the point about capable Indian nationals in the NHS? I'm sure there are but this case is simply about an individual who is incompetent, its not about where he comes from or the colour of his skin.
Skype may well be a useful tool for communication between experts from a range of disciplines to approach strategic care plans for patients. Emphasis on the word 'experts'. However, far to simplistic to think the blame here rests entirely with Manik Sharma. Unfortunately this case seems typical of everything that is wrong with the NHS who look to blame anyone and in doing so they ignore their own failings and incompetence. Also strange you raise the point about capable Indian nationals in the NHS? I'm sure there are but this case is simply about an individual who is incompetent, its not about where he comes from or the colour of his skin. Say It As It Is OK?
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5:29pm Sat 15 Jun 13

Daniel.1986 says...

It was done via Skype as the candidate was in India, a process which I'm sure has bee done for other candidates from India as well as any other country, so I'd say it was a valid point. Anyone can do well in an interview, I'll repeat it again, well done to the staff who raised concerns and dealt with this.
It was done via Skype as the candidate was in India, a process which I'm sure has bee done for other candidates from India as well as any other country, so I'd say it was a valid point. Anyone can do well in an interview, I'll repeat it again, well done to the staff who raised concerns and dealt with this. Daniel.1986
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