The doctors who have been suspended or banned in Greater Manchester

One was caught peddling covid conspiracies online. Another fiddled his time sheets to falsely claim more than £40,000 from the NHS when in fact he was holiday thousands of miles away.

A third bungled a bundled a delivery so badly it left a new mum 'feeling like a cow'. They are the disgraced Greater Manchester doctors who betrayed the oath they took to act with 'with integrity, humility, honesty and compassion'.

And their actions mean they've been barred from practising medicine.

Dr Robert Varnam

One of the country's most senior GPs, Dr Robert Varnam, was struck off after being convicted of downloading hundreds of child abuse images. Dr Robert Varnam claimed he amassed the vile collection after 'neglecting his self-care' while working 75 hour weeks and 'rarely taking a break'.

The 52-year-old was convicted of child sex offences after being detained by police in 2020 when he was caught with 241 indecent images, some showing children as young as six-years-old.

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Varnam, who at the time was practising as a GP at the Robert Darbishire Practice in Rusholme and was also Director of General Practice Development for NHS England, denied he had a sexual interest in children and said he no recollection of downloading the images. He was later struck off the medical register after his fitness to practise was found to be impaired.

Dr Muhammad Adil

Dr Robert Varnam, a former GP at the Robert Darbishire Practice in Rusholme and former Director of General Practice Development for NHS England
Dr Robert Varnam, a former GP at the Robert Darbishire Practice in Rusholme and former Director of General Practice Development for NHS England

Senior NHS surgeon Dr Muhammad Adil was struck off for claiming the Covid pandemic was a 'worldwide conspiracy' and publicly criticising lockdowns and vaccines. Dr Adil who had worked at hospitals across the Greater Manchester, was brought before a disciplinary tribunal after he labelled Covid a 'flu like virus' and repeated various conspiracy theories about the illness on YouTube and X.

He was suspended for six months from medical practice in June 2022 over the posts after he initially apologised for the 'silly' remarks. But months later, the 64-year-old later reiterated his views, claiming he was entitled to 'free speech' and that his beliefs were aired outside of work hours.

In October 2023 following a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in Manchester, a fitness to practise panel ordered Adil's name to be erased from the medical register following a review hearing which he refused to attend. At the time he was said to be appealing against the sanctions.

Dr Isyaka Mamman

Muhammad Adil, in one of his videos posted on YouTube -Credit:YouTube
Muhammad Adil, in one of his videos posted on YouTube -Credit:YouTube

Dr Isyaka Mamman was struck off after his negligence killed a patient during a routine procedure at Royal Oldham Hospital. Mum-of-three Shahida Parveen died after undergoing a routine bone marrow biopsy when Mamman carried out a 'highly dangerous procedure' rarely used in the UK, instead of using the conventional technique.

In 2022 Mamman, then 85, and aged 81 at the time Mrs Parveen died, was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to gross negligence manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court. He was also struck off the register of doctors following a disciplinary hearing

Dr Fakher Gendy

NHS gynaecologist Dr Fakher Gendy left a new mother 'feeling like a cow' during a bungled delivery of her baby that shocked his fellow doctors and midwives. He was suspended after he was found guilty of serious misconduct during two deliveries.

A tribunal hearing heard how one new mother lost almost five pints of blood and another was left feeling like a 'cow giving birth to a calf' during the deliveries of their babies. In the other botched delivery, a newborn baby was left with bruises to their neck after Dr Gendy was too 'forceful' with the patient in what a paediatrician described as the 'roughest delivery I have ever witnessed'.

Following a MPTS hearing, held in Manchester, Dr Gendy, from Lymm, Cheshire, was suspended from medical practice for nine months after he was found guilty of serious professional misconduct.

Dr Gary Tudor

Dr Gary Tudor can no longer work as a GP
Dr Isyaka Mamman -Credit:Manchester Evening News

Dr Gary Tudor was permanently barred from the profession after he illegally prescribed medication and misdiagnosed patients. He practiced at Pall Mall Medical in Manchester before opening his private practice, Tudor Medical Matters, in Rawtenstall in 2017.

But, he did not register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and, despite a warning from the body in 2018, continued to see patients and prescribe medications. A MPTS found that Dr Tudor viewed his divergences from the rules as examples of 'thinking outside of the box - of which he is proud'.

He was struck off after 79 allegations against him were found proven.

Dr Rajeev Reghunath

Psychiatrist Dr Rajeev Reghunath was struck off after he fiddled his time sheets to falsely claim more than £40,000 from the NHS. The locum doctor faked signatures to claim he was working eight hour shifts when in fact he was on holiday in India, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Between April 2019 and March 2021 the locum psychiatrist, who worked in Trafford doing shifts for Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust via the Pulse Healthcare agency, claimed for 35 eight hour shifts for which he was paid around £1,300 a time.

At the MPTS hearing, Dr Reghunath was found guilty of serious professional misconduct with his actions said to be 'unacceptable and dishonest'.

Dr Nimra Arshad

Dr Fakher Gendy -Credit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) LTD
Dr Fakher Gendy -Credit:Cavendish Press (Manchester) LTD

Newly qualified NHS medic Dr Nimra Arshad was suspended after she was caught offering online remedies over Instagram, which she claimed would protect patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. The 29-year-old branded herself as 'Dr Drips' offering IV infusions which she bragged would help treat various problems and diseases including anaemia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.

At a time when the UK was in lockdown and in the grip of online disinformation, Dr Arshad claimed her IV treatments would strengthen the immune system, would be a quick way of losing weight, boost athletic performance, and even help with pregnancy fatigue. Dr Arshad, a mum-of-one from Salford, was reported to the General Medical Council in March 2021.

At the MPTS hearing earlier this year, Ms Arshad was suspended from medical practice for three months after she was found guilty of serious professional misconduct. The panel found she knowingly allowed four fake posts to be published.

Dr Muhammad Siddiqui

Dr Muhammad Siddiqui told female colleagues 'I am experienced in loving younger ladies' in a series of inappropriate comments which left them feeling 'very uncomfortable'. He also told two workmates at Tameside hospital 'younger ladies like older men with experience in loving' and 'ladies have bigger throats than you think, they can put big things down there, you know what I mean?'.

Dr Siddiqui was initially suspended for six months in May 2023 after a MPTS found he was guilty of misconduct. Earlier this month he was suspended for a third six month period, after the panel ruled he had failed to 'engage appropriately' with the disciplinary process.

The latest hearing, held on May 24 this year, heard that Dr Siddiqui was an 'experienced middle staff grade anaesthetist' working at Tameside Hospital when he made the comments between September 9 to 13, 2021.

Dr Tijion Esho

Dr Gary Tudor can no longer work as a GP -Credit:Facebook
Dr Gary Tudor can no longer work as a GP -Credit:Facebook

TV doctor Tijion Esho was struck off after giving free botox to a patient in return for sex. Dr Esho, who has featured on This Morning, BBC’s Morning Live and E4’s Body Fixers, admitted to an improper emotional relationship with the woman, referred to as Patient A, with whom he exchanged 'inappropriate' sexual messages on Instagram.

But the 42-year-old told a MPTS hearing that he never had any physical sexual contact with Patient A, who provided sex services via OnlyFans and webcams.

However, the MPTS panel, sitting in Manchester, ruled in April that Dr Esho did have sexual intercourse with Patient A at his clinic in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2021 and administered botox free of charge.

The panel also found that, at a consultation months earlier, he had stroked her hair and rubbed himself against her after he made inappropriate comments on the shape of her bottom.