Doctors suspended after exam results blunder

Author: By Matt Dickinson, Press Association

The four started work at hospitals in south Wales two weeks ago after
finishing their studies.

But according to the BBC, Cardiff University found they were given the wrong
exam result for one module of their degree which resulted in them being
immediately suspended from their posts.

The students were working as junior doctors at Llandough Hospital in Cardiff,
Swansea’s Singleton and Morriston hospitals, Prince Philip Hospital in
Llanelli and Withybush General Hospital at Haverfordwest, the broadcaster
said.

Hywel Dda NHS Trust, which runs Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital and
Withybush General Hospitals, said it has decided to review the care of
patients seen by the students “as a precautionary measure”.

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (ABM) University NHS Trust, which is responsible for
the two Swansea hospitals, also told the broadcaster a junior doctor was
immediately relieved of their clinical duties once they were told about the
exam error.

The trust said in a statement: “The member of staff had been practising for
less than 10 days, and this time included induction sessions.

“All foundation programme trainees are heavily supervised and would have
formed just one part of the wider clinical team caring for patients.

“No significant decisions about the medical care of a patient would have been
made without the involvement of a more senior doctor.

“No issues have been raised by clinical staff, or patients, about the work of
the individual concerned.

“We have spoken with the member of staff and offered any support we can, and
we are now waiting for further advice from the university.”

Cardiff University told the BBC it had “identified five final year students in
the School of Medicine where a clerical data error has resulted in the wrong
exam result being recorded for one module of their degree”.

Four were told they had passed when they had failed, while the other student
was wrongly told they had failed the exam. That person can now proceed with
their medical career.

The university statement said: “Protection of the public underlines all action
taken by the university. The university fully recognises and regrets the
resulting circumstances.

“Immediate action has been taken to inform students and their employers and to
offer and make available support services from the university.”

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