Pre hearing information
The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that, after Dr Lewis had ceased to be Patient A’s treating consultant at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (‘RMCH’), he used his professional position to pursue an inappropriate relationship with Patient A’s mother, Ms B. It is alleged that Dr Lewis initiated a personal relationship with Ms B by sending a ‘WhatsApp’ message stating that he would be willing to discuss Patient A’s care, or words to that effect. It is also alleged that he gained access to Patient A’s blood test reports at RMCH, conveyed the results to Ms B and advised her on the dosages of Patient A’s medications. It is further alleged that Dr Lewis’ advice, to Ms B, was inappropriate as he failed to disclose this advice to Patient A’s treating consultants or make any clinical record of the advice.
It is alleged that Dr Lewis met Ms B outside RMCH grounds to discuss Patient A’s treatment on one or more occasion and expressed unfavourable opinions about Patient A’s care and treatment at RMCH. Further that, with malicious intent for his former colleagues at RMCH, Dr Lewis sought to persuade Patient A’s parents to make a formal complaint about Patient A’s treatment.
This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.
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