Doctor Struck Off After Vanishing From A&E To Have Two-Hour Nap

Doctor struck off from work.
Credit: @RaisahSawati/Twitter & Unsplash

A doctor has been struck off after vanishing from A&E to take a two-hour nap, according to reports

Dr Raisah Sawat, 33, was apparently found sleeping on a bench and wrapped in a blanket close to Fairfield Hospital, near Bury, by another member of staff who had gone looking for her.

At a recent hearing, the General Medical Council banned her from practising medicine for misconduct and dishonesty, and deficient professional performance. 

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Doctor struck off
Dr Sawati getting her flu vaccine. Credit: @gayleeeee1/Twitter

Mr Paul Raudnitz, QC for the GMC, said: “There was a potential patient safety issue as Dr Sawati was on duty in A&E and there had been as many as three patients who went beyond the four hours target time for the processing of their cases.

“Her professional reliability and ability to work collaboratively are in question. If a doctor is not pulling their weight and not providing colleagues within the team the information needed then there may be consequences for patient safety.”

It apparently wasn’t the first time that Dr Raisah Sawati, who was newly qualified, had neglected her duties.

Two years earlier she was reportedly found sleeping in an on-call room.

The Scottish woman, from Dumbreck, Glasgow, was also accused of lying to colleagues about taking time off to study.

Miss Sawati said in a statement that she had ‘reflected deeply upon the incidents’ and said she accepted ‘there are occasions’ where she ‘could have behaved differently’. 

She said: “I accept, in hindsight, that there are occasions where I could have behaved differently or shared further information which would have avoided some of the misunderstandings which have occurred.

“I have also undertaken courses to help me understand how I found myself in this situation and to deal with any future situations in a way that does not risk my integrity being called into question. “

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.