A DOCTOR who removed patient records from hospitals including Furness General has been struck off.

Dr Kamal Abusin was brought before a medical tribunal following a number of allegations, including failing to provide accurate CVs and failing to tell employers that he was being investigated for sending home an emergency department patient who died two days later.

He also removed medical records from five hospitals across the country where he worked.

The panel said the material he retained from hospitals was 'highly sensitive'.

The panel found that between August 1 2014 and April 30 2015 he removed confidential patient documentation from Furness General Hospital in breach of the hospital’s policies on confidentiality, information security, information sharing and acceptable use.

This was said to relate to several surgical reports and operating lists.

The doctor worked as a consultant and a surgeon at the hospital.

The tribunal found that the doctor missed a 'red flag' indicative of bowel perforation before discharging the patient while he worked at a hospital in Rotherham.

The tribunal determined that Mr Abusin's fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct.

Explaining the decision to strike the doctor off the medical register, the tribunal's chairman Charles Thomas said: "The tribunal was mindful of the effect of erasure on Mr Abusin’s career.

"However, it concluded that, in respect of his dishonesty, erasure was the only sanction sufficient to maintain public confidence in the profession and uphold proper professional standards and conduct for members of that profession.

"The tribunal also bore in mind that Mr Abusin had breached a separate fundamental tenet of the medical profession when he inappropriately stored and retained confidential material relating to patients.

"The tribunal considered that members of the public would consider this breach alone as serious.

"Had it stood alone, this breach may have been appropriately addressed with a sanction of suspension, given Mr Abusin’s insight into this matter.

"However, when considering the issue of sanction overall, this breach of a second fundamental tenet of the profession confirmed the conclusion the tribunal had reached that the sanction of erasure in regard to Mr Abusin’s dishonesty was the only proportionate sanction.

"The tribunal therefore determined to erase Mr Abusin’s name from the medical register."