Spinal surgeon who needed supervision has not returned to work at private hospital in Northampton

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A spinal surgeon who must be supervised during operations has not returned to work at a private hospital in Northampton, it has been confirmed.

The Chron reported last month that, following complaints by patients against Partha Basu, a colleague based in Leicester must be on hand to oversee his work.

BMI Three Shires, in The Avenue, Northampton town centre, said at the time that Mr Basu had been reinstated.

However, after his patients unsuccessfully tried to book appointments, it has now emerged that the surgeon has not returned to Three Shires since the conditions were imposed by the General Medical Council in September.

A spokesman for BMI said: “We are talking with Mr Basu about how we restore his practice and privileges so he can work from the hospital again.”

Mr Basu is employed by Northampton General Hospital, where bosses are allowing him to work under supervision of another NHS colleague.

However, BMI, which provides Mr Basu’s facilities, does not have access to the same number of colleagues who could give supervision, making the conditions logistically difficult to adhere to.

The GMC is yet to determine if the complaints against Mr Basu are substantiated so the conditions imposed are an interim basis until a panel reviews the case in the coming weeks.