Work of Northampton General Hospital surgeon must be overseen during investigation

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A specialist spinal surgeon at Northampton General Hospital must be supervised during operations while an investigation is carried out into some of his work.

The General Medical Council is looking into whether Partha Basu has a case to answer following complaints made by patients.

In the meantime, he has had conditions imposed on him where a colleague, based in Leicester, must be on hand to oversee his work.

Mr Basu also works at the BMI Three Shires Hospital in Northampton and the private hospital moved to stop him working there when the conditions were imposed in September.

However, on Monday his application to work for BMI was accepted and he is now free to work there under the same conditions as at Northampton General Hospital.

A BMI spokesman said: “We have given the matter appropriate consideration and decide to reinstate him.”

The GMC will review Mr Basu’s case again in February. NGH refused to comment.

On his day to day work, including surgery, he must be supervised by a registered medical practitioner of consultant grade or equivalent.

The consultant may be off-site but available on-call.

However, as a minimum, his work must be reviewed at least once a fortnight by one of the supervising consultants via one-to-one meetings and case-based discussion.