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Radiographer struck off for hiding mistake

10 November, 2008  

A radiographer has been struck off the medical register for doctoring an X-ray after a child left hospital with a needle stuck in her foot.

Akbar Solaymani was working for Pennine Hospital’s Acute NHS Trust in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, when he cropped the image in an attempt to hide the pin.

The chairwoman of the Health Professionals Council, Elizabeth Metcalfe, said: “Mr Solaymani deliberately acted in a way that he knew at the time conflicted with his responsibilities as a health professional. It therefore demonstrates misconduct. His behaviour was clearly not in the best interests of his patient.”

In September 2006, Mr Solaymani had X-rayed a child with a suspected foreign body lodged in her left foot. He then took an image of the child’s right foot and filed it with the images of the left foot without telling anyone.

In a subsequent telephone conversation with the Accident and Emergency clinician who requested the X-rays, Mr Solaymani said the object in the X-ray was a paper-clip he had used as a marker. As a result the child was discharged with the pin still in her foot. Mr Solaymani did not attend the hearing.

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