Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. HOME News Royal Showbiz & TV Sport Comment Finance Travel Entertainment Life & Style UK Politics Royal US World Science Weather Weird History Nature Sunday InYourArea A hospital doctor has been banned from treating patients for six months after he was caught moonlighting at a private cosmetic surgery clinic while on paid sickness leave from the NHS.
Banned…Daniel Coventry (Image: Getty)
Oxford-educated £35,000-a-year junior doctor Daniel Coventry, 33, was supposed to be off work with a suspected virus. But he was spotted on social media offering facial fillers, thread facelifts, and anti-wrinkle injections at a private clinic in Brighton and was reported to bosses at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex.
Coventry was hauled in for a meeting to explain but he claimed he had not had time to read NHS policies on sick leave.
He left his job before officials were able to give him a final written warning and he was reported to the General Medical Council.
Coventry claimed he had not had time to read NHS policies regarding sick leave (Image: Getty)
The doctor later claimed he thought there was “no conflict of interest” in doing private work while off sick from his NHS role.
Coventry, who studied medicine at Oxford after getting a first class degree in biology at Brighton University, was suspended from practice for six months after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
The hearing was told moonlighting occurred between April and October 2018 – a year after Coventry joined the Western Sussex NHS Trust.
The doctor was caught moonlighting at a private aesthetics company, as well as his own business (Image: Getty)
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Following an increase in Coventry’s sickness absences, investigators in 2019 found posts on social media showing he had undertaken private work at A New You clinic and his own practice DC Aesthetics.
He was later found guilty of gross misconduct at an internal hearing but he had already quit. Chloe Fairley, for the GMC, said: “Dr Coventry has put his personal and financial interests ahead of his duties to the trust.”
The medic was represented by his father Stuart, who said: “He did not take sick leave specifically in order to undertake private work and he did not make any financial net gain.”
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