Doctors who faked CV reference censured by board
Published 21/11/2012 | 05:00
A CONSULTANT plastic surgeon who lied on his CV to get a job has said he has endured misery and terror because of his behaviour.
Dr Farrukh Butt relied on a false job reference, claiming he was "praised by the patients and staff" of a clinic he never worked in.
Dr Butt claimed to have sought the false reference because he was ashamed about being unemployed and was in a "dark tunnel".
The 52-year-old admitted to a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry that it was "absolutely the wrong thing to do" and "humbly apologised".
The Pakistani doctor, who is now living in the UK but worked in Ireland between 1990 and 2007, told the inquiry: "I feel so embarrassed, I have never done anything like that in my lifetime. I am an honest person otherwise, this is very, very, very tough for me."
Dr Butt and a colleague who supplied him with the reference, Dr Sushil Ranga, both pleaded guilty to poor professional practice at the inquiry – but not guilty to the more serious charge of professional misconduct.
Dr Ranga, who has a GP practice in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork, told the inquiry that the incident has been a "soul-destroying experience".
The inquiry heard the two men first met in 2004 when Dr Ranga worked as a junior doctor under Dr Butt in Cork University Hospital, where Dr Butt was a locum consultant plastic surgeon.
By telephone from his current home in the UK, Dr Butt told the inquiry that both men had been very friendly since then. After moving to the UK for family reasons, Dr Butt said he found himself without work in 2010 and asked Dr Ranga if he would supply him with a reference to fill a gap in his CV.
At the time Dr Ranga was working as a partner in The Dispensary medical practice in Carrigtwohill.
In his evidence Dr Ranga said he was very surprised when Dr Butt approached him for a GP reference. "Initially I was very reluctant but he was very persistent."
Following an undertaking from both men never to repeat the conduct in the complaints, to attend a suitable course in medical ethics, and to consent to being censured by the Medical Council, the case was discharged and the inquiry concluded.