A DOCTOR from Chester provided a “bogus” medical report so a relative could make a false compensation claim following a car accident, a tribunal has heard.
Dr Anthony Lawrence Kaufman, a general practitioner at Western Avenue Medical Centre in Blacon, did not examine his stepdaughter’s fiancé before sending a fraudulent document to solicitors for use in a civil claim, it was claimed.
The medic knowingly “fabricated and exaggerated” Max Turbett’s injuries, falsely claiming the accident had affected his work, social and family life.
But the ex-marine withdrew the claim and reported Dr Kaufman to the General Medical Council (GMC) after a family bust-up around April 2012, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.
Dr Kaufman is facing a fitness to practise tribunal in Manchester where he is accused of dishonesty amounting to misconduct.
He admits failing to declare his relationship with Mr Turbett when he prepared the report in January 2012, but claims he did examine the patient and the information was accurate.
If the panel finds against him, he could face being struck off the medical register.
Robin Kitching, opening the GMC case, said: “The allegations relate to a medical report prepared for Mr Turbett in the course of a civil claim for a personal injury after a road traffic accident. The accident did take place, but the report was evidently a bogus report.
“The GMC criticises the contents of the report, which are set out in a particular way.
“There was a failure to declare his relationship with Mr Turbett in this report. That relationship was a significant conflict of interest.
“He should not have prepared the report in the first place, but once he had done he should have declared that relationship.”
Mr Kitching added: “The GMC says Dr Kaufman deliberately failed to declare this conflict of interest so no one would question the report which he knew was ultimately a fraudulent one.”
It was alleged claims in the report that Mr Turbett could not go to the gym, work at full capacity or play with his daughter were exaggerated and physical symptoms were invented without examining the patient.
“It is clear no one should prepare a report of this sort where such a conflict of interest exists. If such a conflict exists it ought to be declared,” Mr Kitching said.
The panel heard Mr Turbett was involved in a car accident in February 2011 and he sustained minor injuries.
Around a year later, while Dr Kaufman’s wife, Pauline, was visiting her daughter at her Dorset home, she mentioned she ran a business specialising in personal injury claims, it was claimed.
After learning abuot the car accident, Mrs Kaufman told Mr Turbott the medic could provide a report to be used to claim damages, it was alleged.
Mr Turbett said: “She said a medical report can be done by Dr Kaufman, but I would not necessarily need to attend because he can get any information needed and they had done this before.
“At the time I thought it was a good idea. I knew I had suffered in a small way and it seemed like a way of getting a financial reward for very little effort.”
But he added: “It is not the best decision I have ever made, which is why I withdrew the claim..
“From the conversation I had with Mrs Kaufman, it was quite common for people to claim for this sort of thing.
“I definitely should not have done it. It was an error of judgement, but at the time I thought ‘I don’t have to do a lot and I will get some sort of financial reward for little effort’.
“It was completely dishonest. I did feel uneasy during the course of doing it, so much so I discussed it with my solicitor.”
The allegations came to light after Mr Turbett dropped the claim and contacted the GMC following a family dispute over a car.
It was claimed Mrs Kaufman sold her daughter Leanne a car for “half the market value”, but later demanded more cash following a falling out.
Her daughter refused to pay and the car was towed away at Mrs Kaufman’s request.
The panel was told Dr Kaufman, as well as being a GP, was an experienced expert witness.
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