A GP who missed the diagnosis of a patient's cancer – and who attempted a cover-up after the patient's death – is allowed to return to the profession.

Robert Jenyo, once of Firs Way Health Centre, was struck off the register by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2015.

At the time the tribunal heard how Dr Jenyo came into contact with a patient, referred to as Patient A, over the course of around a year and half from 2005 onwards.

Dr Jenyo prescribed painkillers and physiotherapy to Patient A, who suffered from persistent pain in his back and in his shoulder.

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A physiotherapist, however, was concerned enough by the persistent pain to ask for a blood test and an X-ray. Both were abnormal, and the 60-year-old was diagnosed with undifferentiated large cell carcinoma, a form of cancer, from which he died a matter of weeks afterwards.

In 2010, the family of Patient A launched a claim for medical negligence. This was settled two years later, with no admission of liability by Dr Jenyo.

But the solicitors for the family of Patient A noticed a number of problems with his medical record, which appeared to have been altered by Dr Jenyo.

A complaint was raised and the case was referred to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which ruled although there were shortcomings in the treatment of Patient A, these did not amount to misconduct.

However, it ruled the alterations to the medical record were a "calculated" and "dishonest" attempt at a cover-up by Dr Jenyo and these did amount to misconduct.

To make matters worse, the doctor accused the son of Patient A, also a doctor, of racism in an attempt to save his career. He was struck off the register as a result.

Around two years ago, when Dr Jenyo applied for restoration to the register, a tribunal refused him because his "insight" and "remorse" were incomplete.

But at the start of this year, when Dr Jenyo reapplied, a tribunal restored him as a result of his remediation.

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Chair William Hoskins said: "The tribunal considered this is a doctor whose conduct was serious and dishonest and he put his own interests before those of his patients, and of the profession.

"Furthermore, he brought the profession into disrepute. However, the tribunal was of the opinion that the public interest in the case was met when Dr Jenyo was erased from the Medical Register in 2015 and that a reasonable and informed member of the public would now attach weight to the progress made in the intervening years. 

"Dr Jenyo is now a practitioner who has remediated his misconduct and at this remove of time there is a public interest in enabling him to return to practice.

"The tribunal determined public confidence in the medical profession would not be undermined if Dr Jenyo’s name was restored to the Medical Register."

This article was written by Jack Tooth. Jack is the reporter for The Messenger and covers anything and everything from within the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford.

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