A surgeon who lied to an NHS interview panel to land a £84,000-a-year job is due to be sentenced on Monday.
Sudip Sarker was convicted of fraud at Worcester Crown Court last week after claiming to have performed 51 keyhole colectomy operations alone – when the true figure was no more than six.
The false claim helped Sarker secure work as a specialist colorectal surgeon at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Worcestershire, on an annual salary band advertised at £74,000-£100,000.
But on starting the consultant-level role in August 2011, tasked with helping build a surgical team, he struggled with the responsibilities of the position, and was suspended 14 months later.
Sarker, 48, of Botany Road, Broadstairs, Kent, denied lying to get the job, telling jurors he had taken a ‘guesstimate’ at how many procedures he had carried out.
Opening the case against Sarker at the start of the trial, prosecutor Jacob Hallam QC said job specifications provided by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust made plain it was looking for an experienced keyhole surgeon who could develop its services.
Mr Hallam told the court: ‘Crucially, in his interview the defendant told the panel that he had performed 85 laparoscopic sigmoid colectomies, of which 51 were performed independently, with a 3 percent complication rate.
‘It was, as it was designed to be, a detailed and persuasive answer.
‘In truth, he had performed perhaps six of these operations independently. His assertion was a lie, told to further his own career.’