Operating department practitioner struck off for misconduct

Operating department practitioner Graham Whittall has been struck off the HPC Register for attending work under the influence whilst employed at Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.


A panel of the HPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that during the Trusts investigating interview Graham Whittall denied he had consumed alcohol. Mr Whittall told the Trust he was tired and had not been sleeping well, he also stated that he may have been suffering from exposure to the sun.

The Panel also heard that Graham Whittall accepted during this interview that he had been given a second chance following a previous finding that he had been under the influence of alcohol whilst at work.

Panel Chair Mr Colin Allies commented:

The Panel finds that the allegation of misconduct is well-founded because Mr Whittall was under the influence of alcohol at work and thereby seriously compromised the care of a patient.

Graham Whittalls actions by their omissions were potentially dangerous and put the patient at risk with potentially serious consequences.

Mr Whittal has failed to engage with the HPC process and his use of alcohol has continued despite a final written warning leading to his dismissal by the Trust.

The Panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Graham Whittall from the Register, with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.

Graham Whittall was neither present nor represented at the hearing.

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