The doctor, whose actions helped shed light on the South Kerry child mental health drug scandal, is suing HSE About the way he was allegedly treated after becoming a whistleblower.
o Disillusioned is the consulting psychiatrist Dr. Ankur Sharma on his alleged treatment of leaving the country for a post abroad and vowing never to return to Ireland.
He claims he was marginalized and ostracized after uncovering major problems with the prescribing and diagnostic practices of a young doctor at South Kerry’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (CAMHS).
The concerns of Dr. Sharma were confirmed earlier this year by the Maskey report, which found 227 children received risky treatment from resident Dr. David Kromer and 13 received risky treatment from other doctors.
Evidence of significant harm was found in 46 of these children. Significant shortcomings in oversight and governance were also identified.
dr Kromer stood by his prescribing practice when concerns were raised Irish Independent. He is currently not practicing while awaiting the outcome of a Medical Council investigation
The lawyer of Dr. Sharma confirmed this Irish Independent that the Indian-born consultant is now taking legal action against the HSE.
“Dr. Sharma has filed complaints against the HSE under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 and is considering other possible claims in relation to the treatment he suffered as a result of protected disclosure,” said Coleman Legal’s Keith Rolls.
The firm represents more than 140 families affected by the scandal, many of which have involved the overprescription of antipsychotic drugs to children who have not been properly diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The extent of the scandal was first revealed by the Irish Independent in January.
dr Sharma has claimed that within months of raising his concerns with HSE management, he was left with no choice but to quit because he was “segregated” and not given resources to deal with affected patients.
He claims he was asked to take time off, stripped of his role as clinical director and given administrative duties because he was at risk of burnout, despite a medical report confirming his ability to work.
He then worked with CAMHS services in Co Cork and Co Clare but left both positions.
In a proprietary disclosure to the HSE Board Paul Reidhe claimed he faced racial discrimination while working in Co Clare.
According to the Maskey report, Dr. Sharma applied for a position as a deputy at a CAMHS service in Co Cavan but claims a secondment there was canceled by the HSE at the last minute as she may have found someone to take permanent post.
He has also not been offered the vacant post of permanent consultant psychiatrist in South Kerry, although it has been vacant since 2016. The HSE said it could not comment on an individual’s employment or their personnel details.
Its inability to fill the South Kerry role was not due to a lack of resources or effort, but to a global shortage of CAMHS consultants, it added.
Last week, Secretary of State for Mental Health Mary Butler said a Cork-based consultant psychiatrist was working two days a week in Kerry, while another Galway-based consultant was also providing coverage two days a week.
Last week, the minister announced a multi-million dollar compensation scheme for the victims of the scandal.
In a statement, the Kerry CAMHS Family Support Group said a majority welcomed the non-adversarial approach promised under the program.
“Avoiding a lengthy court process and additional burdens would be a priority for many who need support for their loved ones,” it said.
“Understandably, there are concerns as to whether the process will really go smoothly.
“We have held talks with Minister Butler and she assures us that this will be the case.”
https://www.independent.ie/life/health-wellbeing/whistleblower-medic-sues-hse-over-claims-he-was-ostracised-after-kerry-camhs-doctor-expose-41584120.html Whistleblower doctor sues HSE over claims he was ‘outlawed’ by Kerry after CAMHS doctor’s exposé