General Osteopathic Council suspends Dinash Gaur from its Register of osteopaths
13 December 2019
The GOsC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) found Mr Dinash Gaur guilty of unacceptable professional conduct on 6 November 2019, and decided that the appropriate sanction would be to suspend him from the Register of osteopaths for a period of 12 months.
The PCC found that Mr Gaur had failed to maintain his professional indemnity insurance on two occasions, the first between November 2016 and March 2017, and the second between March 2018 and October 2018. The PCC found that by continuing to treat patients without having the appropriate insurance in place, Mr Gaur had been misleading patients and the GOsC and that he had also demonstrated a lack of integrity by not checking on the status of his insurance.
The PCC determined that Mr Gaur’s conduct was a serious breach of the Osteopathic Practice Standards amounting to unacceptable professional conduct.
In reaching its findings, the PCC, chaired by Mr Richard Davies, stated that any patient is entitled to assume that the treating osteopath has complied with their professional obligation to be insured. The Committee noted that if harm had been caused to a patient while Mr Gaur was not insured, there was a risk that the patient concerned would have no redress or compensation.
The PCC considered Mr Gaur to have only ‘superficial’ insight into the implications of his conduct for patients and the reputation of the profession. It concluded that a period of suspension from the Register was an appropriate sanction in response to Mr Gaur’s conduct, which it described as deplorable and an ‘abrogation of responsibility’.
It determined that Mr Gaur should be suspended from the statutory Register of osteopaths for a period of 12 months.
The suspension order came into effect on 7 December 2019. Mr Gaur was informed of his right to appeal the PCC’s decision within 28 days, but he did not appeal the decision within the allowed timeframe.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. The General Osteopathic Council is the regulator of osteopaths in the UK.
2. The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has a statutory duty to regulate the practice of osteopathy in the UK. Osteopaths must be registered with the GOsC to practise in the UK.
3. The GOsC works with the public and the profession to promote patient safety by:
- registering qualified professionals
- setting, maintaining and developing standards of osteopathic practice and conduct
- assuring the quality of osteopathic education
- ensuring continuing professional development
- helping patients with concerns or complaints about an osteopath
4. The General Osteopathic Council’s Professional Conduct Committee is an independent statutory committee. It hears cases concerning serious unacceptable conduct, incompetence or criminal convictions. If the Committee finds any such case proved, it imposes an appropriate sanction on the osteopath.
5. The General Osteopathic Council has published guidance setting out the ‘threshold criteria’ for unacceptable professional conduct. This guidance is used to assist in determining if a complaint can be investigated.
6. The statutory Register of osteopaths provides a geographical index of all practising osteopaths and is available to the general public at osteopathy.org.uk/register-search
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General Osteopathic Council Press Office
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