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Doctor appears in court on bogus blood test charges
A GP has appeared in court accused of making up records of blood tests to gain extra money from the health service.
Dr Ralph Vadas denies the charge of false accounting by falsifying entries on patient records on a computer system while he was at the West Canford Heath surgery in Poole, Roderick Blain, prosecuting, said in running the practice in Ryall Road, Vadas made the records in order to gain extra funds totalling “just under £2,000” from Bournemouth and Poole Primary Care Trust.
At Bournemouth Crown Court he said an investigation into the computer records of the 61-year-old doctor began when Canford Heath surgery gained 100 per cent on a points system gauged to determine the surgery’s performance.
The number of blood tests entered by Vadas, of Dukes Drive, Bearwood, Bournemouth, directly affected the amount of money he received.
Mr Blain said: “A significant number of discrepancies were found.
“In a number of cases there’s a record on the computer saying blood tests had been completed and the hospital did not have a record of the patient having a blood test.
“In other cases they did have a record of a blood test but not the ones on the surgery’s computer system.
“Either they were done on a different date or the results of the tests were different.”
The charge was dated as between June 28, 2006 and May 21, 2008, when Ann Wilkinson was practice manager.
She told the court she questioned the blood test results with Vadas but he instructed her to put them through the end of year results before the funding was applied.
Mrs Wilkinson said: “I would query any doctor that got 100 per cent.
“I said to him ‘Are you sure that’s right?”
She added: “His reaction was ‘It is right’.
“He said he checked it and he would ask me to push the button for our claim to go in and that would mean additional money as they get so much per patient.”
When asked if her pay was affected by those statistics, Mrs Wilkinson said that it was not.
Tim Bradbury, defending, questioned whether Mrs Wilkinson understood the data being input by Vadas.
The trial continues.