Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Priory Chief Accused of Misconduct

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Priory Chief Accused of Misconduct

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Byline: REBECCA SMITH

THE head of the Priory chain of rehab clinics ran a care home that allegedly mistreated elderly patients, the General Medical Council heard today.

Dr Chai Patel, 50, faces being struck off if he is found guilty of serious professional misconduct.

He is accused of failing to "safeguard the health, safety and welfare" of residents at [pounds sterling]800-a-week Lynde House in Twickenham. At the time he was chief executive of the home's owner, Westminster Healthcare.

It is also alleged that Dr Patel, described by his private office as a former informal adviser to Tony Blair, failed to provide an environment where residents had "proper standards of care".

Dr Patel left Westminster Healthcare in April 2002 and became chief executive of the separate Priory Group. Its clinics are famous for treating a string of famous names.

At the central London hearing, he is accused of failing to investigate claims in a letter sent to him that Lynde House residents were often left drenched in their own urine. …

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