SUPPORTERS of a Warwick doctor who was sacked for “leaking” patient data have welcomed a watchdog’s decision to clear her.

Dr Shirine Boardman was sacked by Warwick Hospital for faxing 80 patients’ details to her secretary at another NHS-funded clinic where she was on secondment.

The diabetes specialist appealed to an employment tribunal twice but was told although the sacking was “harsh”, it was legal.

Dr Boardman was also reported to the General Medical Council (GMC), but the watchdog threw out the charges prior to a hearing.

One of her patients, Laura Davies, said she was “thrilled but not surprised” by the GMC’s decision.

She said: “I was extremely pleased with Dr Boardman’s treatments and her positive attitude. I was shocked and dismayed to read of her dismissal for gross misconduct and was very concerned for her.”

Doctor’s union the British Medical Association (BMA) also welcomed the decision to clear Dr Boardman.

Dr Keith Brent, deputy chair of the BMA’s consultants committee, said: “There seems never to have been any question that Dr Boardman was anything other than a good clinician providing good care to her patients.”

He said it was unfortunate for patients that the hospital decided to dismiss her.

BMA News

Shirine BoardmanDismay over sacking of consultant cleared by GMC

Section: News
Article date: 18 August 2010

By Edward Davie

Doctors leaders have expressed concern that a consultant was sacked by a trust even though she was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by the GMC.

Consultant diabetologist Shirine Boardman faxed a list of names and contact details of diabetes patients to her NHS secretary at the NHS-run Apnee Sehat clinic in Leamington Spa.

Her then employer, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, complained that Dr Boardman had ignored ‘explicit, repeated and consistent advice’ not to share information with the clinic.

But the GMC has since found that she ‘complied with all the conditions set out by the trust’. The regulator’s ruling adds: ‘Dr Boardman’s motives seem to have been solely to benefit patients.’

Reputation at stake
Dr Boardman, who has taken up a locum consultant post in Wiltshire, was supported in her battle to clear her name by the BMA central consultants and specialists committee, former NHS chief executive Lord Crisp and former government diabetes tsar Sue Roberts.