Operating department practitioner struck off following conviction

Operating department practitioner John Cross has been struck off the HPC Register following a conviction at Newcastle upon Tyne Magistrates Court for two charges of False Accounting.


A panel of the HPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard how John Cross was working as a locum operating department practitioner at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle when he submitted falsified time sheets in order to make a financial gain, ensuing a loss to the NHS of over £23,000.

Panel Chair Mr Colin Allies commented:

Firstly the offences are of a serious nature and resulted in a fifteen month prison sentence and a huge loss to the NHS

Secondly, the offences involved the falsification of documents to enable the overpayment and the registrant breached a level of trust bestowed upon him

Thirdly, it was the intervention of the authorities that brought this behaviour to an end.

It was the Panels assessment that the registrants current fitness to practice is impaired as he has been convicted of serious dishonesty based offences arising out of falsified time sheets which resulted in a 15 month sentence of imprisonment.

The panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike John Cross from the Register.

John Cross did not attend the hearing nor was represented at it.

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