Probe by NHS trust as GP resigns

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A DOCTOR has resigned following an investigation by health bosses.

Dr Raj Aggarwal, of the White Rose Surgery in South Elmsall, quit on March 31 and has been referred to the General Medical Council (GMC).

The district’s Primary Care Trust (PCT) said he had been removed from its Medical Performers List (MPL). Doctors must be on the list to be a GP on the NHS.

He is still registered with the GMC with a licence to practise.

A statement issued by the PCT said: “Dr Aggarwal’s removal from the MPL means that he can no longer practise as a GP and cannot directly treat patients.”

The PCT refused to give details of the investigation.

Dr Matt Walsh, the PCT’s medical director, said in the statement: “When concerns were raised about this practitioner, the PCT instigated an investigation and a panel determined on the basis of the evidence presented, that the individual had acted in a way which prejudiced the efficiency of the service and removed him from the Medical Performer’s List.

“The doctor did not appeal this decision and he resigned with effect from March 31.

“On the basis of the decisions made by the PCT, and in accordance with the regulations, the doctor has been referred to the GMC. In that context the PCT will make no further comment on this case.”

Dr Aggarwal was formerly chairman of the South Elmsall and Rycroft Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a group of GPs that was set to take over the commissioning of NHS services from the PCT under government health reforms.

The organisation became part of South Wakefield Commissioning Partnership when CCGs were merged.

The PCT said Dr Aggarwal was not on the board of the South Wakefield Commissioning Partnership.

The Express tried to contact Dr Aggarwal via the Exchange Street surgery but had received no response to a request for a comment at the time of going to press.