Anaesthetist fell asleep on duty

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AN ANAESTHETIST who fell asleep on duty has avoided being struck off.

Dr Andrew Soppitt was at the centre of a number of problems at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

A hearing of the General Medical Council was told he delayed the start of operating lists, slept while in charge of an anaesthetised patient and failed to do ward rounds.

He also put in requests for controlled drugs, taking some or all of the drugs for his own use on three occasions.

The panel put 16 conditions in place, including being supervised at work.

A hospital spokesman said: ‘We can confirm none of our patients were put at risk by Dr Soppitt’s conduct and that the Trust took appropriate action as soon as it was aware there was a problem.

‘Dr Soppitt has been working under a programme of close monitoring and supervision for the past 18 months and is doing well.’