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Doctor Who Kicked Autistic Man Struck Off

June 29, 2011


A doctor who kicked a patient suffering from autism in a Norfolk residential home has been struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC).

The GMC panel found Dr Robert Bartosik, 47, had kicked the male resident, in his 30s, in the rear during a row over a pair of rubber gloves in March 2007.

The GMC fitness to practise panel ruled his actions were “unacceptable”.

Dr Bartosik, who was a support worker at the time, denied the allegation and claimed a witness was lying.

The GMC panel also found him guilty of deficient professional performance at various NHS trusts throughout the UK.

The panel agreed with a number of his employers that Dr Bartosik, who comes from Poland, had poor clinical skills and poor communication and language abilities.

‘Unacceptable actions’

The doctor was said to have ignored advice from colleagues when he tried to take the gloves from the kitchen of a bungalow at the Treehaven home for people with autism spectrum disorders.

The resident, who has Asperger’s syndrome, began throwing items of cutlery at Dr Bartosik, who retaliated with the kick.

The panel noted: “As a professional person Dr Bartosik should have dealt with the situation in a different way and not have retaliated by kicking the patient.

“The panel is of the view that his actions were out with the boundaries of acceptability and that the public and profession would deem it to be unacceptable.”

Dr Bartosik later worked in 2008 as a locum senior house officer at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley, and at Highbury Hospital in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, and as a locum psychiatry trainee at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

All three hospitals raised serious concerns about his ability and professionalism, said a summary of the panel’s findings.

His contract was not renewed by Greater Glasgow NHS Trust and was terminated by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

He left Sheffield after his supervisors were worried he could not even perform such basic tasks as taking a patient’s history.

Dr Bartosik did not attend the hearing in Manchester.

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  1. *Stargazer permalink
    June 29, 2011 11:22 am

    While I’m very glad to learn that this (neither use nor ornament) “doctor” has been struck off,
    what I’d like to know is – has he been, or will he be prosecuted for the assault on the man in question? A strong message needs to be sent out to all – this behaviour will not be tolerated and will be punished to the full extent of the law. Simply being struck off is not enough.
    How will we keep tabs on this guy? Will he still be able to practice medicine illegally somewhere else, and perhaps one day cause the death of someone vulnerable?

    If a newspaper prints a story about a footballer’s philandering they are swiftly prosecuted.
    They think twice next time they get a story.
    This guy has been struck off yes – but if he is not prosecuted I feel he may be able to disappear under the radar? Surely, if he is prosecuted, that charge will be found on any police check? Then again, how easy is it, to obtain forged documents and practice in another name?

    The establishment must be seen to protect and defend the defenceless.
    This kind of thing I’m sure is happening every day – without witnesses or these assaults being reported by the victim, so-called health professionals are getting away with abuse all the time. I share the concerns of the review where it was suggested that, following the furore around Winterbourne View, it may be impossible for the CQC to eradicate this kind of unlawful behaviour, perpetrated by people WHO ARE BEING PAID while they abuse vulnerable people.
    “Delegates said that “robust and effective regulation” of the industry was essential but they had “concluded that they have no confidence that the CQC is capable of delivering an effective system of regulation for health and social care”.
    I agree that the onus is on the providers of care and those in authority, on the front line, to be be vigilant and uncompromising, in their monitoring of care, and dealing effectively with issues of inappropriate behaviour from carers.

    God only knows how we’re to put a stop to it, but I really hope the solution, or at least the path to a solution is found soon.

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