The Day Surgeon Was Too Drunk to Speak

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The Day Surgeon Was Too Drunk to Speak


Byline: By John Ashton

Consultant surgeon Mr Ramasankerpersad Jairam was too drunk to speak when he visited his lodgings to terminate his contract, a hospital manager told the Genera Medical Council yesterday.

Mr Jairam knocked back three bottles of vodka a day and left his room in such a state that the bedding and curtains had to be burned and the carpets steam cleaned, it is said. At times the medic was so drunk he didn't know who he was, the GMC has heard.

Mr Jairam turned up reeking of alcohol while the on-call orthopaedic surgeon at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital on February 10, 2005. A blood sample taken from the doctor that night found he was more than four times over the drink-drive limit.

Senior staff at the hospital moved to terminate Mr Jairam's contract immediately for fear of the impact it would have on the organisation.

Peter Chandler, the hospital's then general manager of orthopaedics, told the GMC yesterday how he found Mr Jairam drunk in his room on several occasions.

"We were very concerned for Mr Jairam and what appeared to be repeated episodes of excessive drinking.

"Mr Jairam was wandering (drunk) around the local area." Mr Chandler said the hospital feared he would be attacked one night, so they tried to help the troubled doctor. He visited the medic for the first time on February 11, the day after Mr Jairam was found drunk on the hospital grounds.

"I believe on that occasion Mr Jairam was in his room, I believe he was on the floor.

"The room smelt very, very strongly of stale alcohol.

"The room was in a mess, to be honest, the bed had obviously been slept in and used but the sheets were scattered on the floor and we did notice some blood on the sheets."

Mr Chandler visited Mr Jairam's room a second time a few days later.

"We had reports from security that Mr Jairam had been wandering around or was in his room with the door open in various states and we wanted to check on his wellbeing. …

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