A UK hospital is in dilemma over an Indian-born doctor, suspended for 'incompetence' but must be paid as per NHS guidelines.
The man, Sisiresh Chakrabarty, who worked at Ipswich Hospital, Suffolk, as Consultant cardiologist, has actually been on full pay since November 2005.
National employment guidelines mean the Heath Road hospital had no choice but to keep Dr Chakrabarty on full pay even though he was not working at the site. Consultant cardiologists currently earn between £73,000 and £99,000.
Dr Chakrabarty finally appeared before General Medical Council (GMC) examiners in January where he was told he could work again, but only if he met strict conditions.
The GMC's hearing determined Dr Chakrabarty had "deficiencies" in numerous areas of his professional ability, including assessing patients, providing or arranging treatment, referring patients, treatment in emergencies, communication skills, respect for patients, relationships with colleagues, record keeping, and working within laws and regulations.
Dr Chakrabarty, who qualified as a doctor in 1982 after studying at India's Ranchi University, was told he would need to keep the GMC abreast of his working movements if he took up employment in Britain or abroad again.
He was also barred from carrying out work in private hospitals and told that his work must be supervised by a consultant at all times, Evening Star 24, an Ipswich newspaper reported.
Ipswich Hospital says it will now review his contract. A meeting to determine Dr Chakrabarty's future would be held within the next few months.
Jan Rowsell, hospital spokeswoman, said: "We are carefully considering the feedback from the GMC and in accordance with the procedures we will formally meet with the doctor concerned to review this."