A black UK General Practitioner, who was struck off after failing to spot signs of cancer in a patient, has admitted to falsely accusing the deceased man’s son of issuing racially derogatory comments in an attempt to save his own failing career.
The Nigerian-born GP in Sale, Greater Manchester Robert Jenyo, 53, claimed that the son, known only as Dr AB, had called him a "f***ing n****r" and told to "give way for white doctors to work" during a phone call in 2007, according to the Daily Mail.
In 2007, Jenyo failed to spot signs of cancer in the patient who had complained of shoulder and mid-back pain. Jenyo referred the man to Physiotherapy.
Jenyo was subsequently reported to the General Medical Council after 60-year-old Patient A died just three months after receiving a cancer diagnosis back in 2007.
Jenyo was sued for negligence and was investigated by the General Medical Council in 2015. During the 2015 hearing, Jenyo was struck off, or removed from the legal registry in England, and his account of racial abuse rejected.
In May of this year, Jenyo returned to the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service in Manchester to appeal for his medical license, where it was revealed he used the claims of racial abuse to save his career.
"He confessed using the false allegations against Dr AB as a 'front' in the hope he would 'get away with it', adding what he did was 'completely wrong,'" wrote the Daily Mail.
"I had been under pressure at work and was stressed and I was trying to cover up things," said Jenyo, who now works as a care support worker. "When the complaint came in, I did not want the details of this case to come out and suggest to patients, my colleagues and to the public I am a bad doctor."
"At the time, a high workload was making him tired and stressed but I now realize the impact my actions have had on Patient A and his family and I regret what happened," he continued.
Patient A had been sent for X-rays and blood tests after the Physiotherapist noticed weight loss and pain that appeared "not to be mechanical."
Patient A’s family said that he had been complaining of back pain since 2005, and it was not properly investigated, criticizing Jenyo’s care.
Jenyo was sued by the family in 2010 for medical negligence, and the suit was settled two years later for £30,000, and was reportedly agreed without any admission of liability.
It was also alter revealed that Jenyo had reportedly altered some of Patient A’s medical notes following his 2007 death, according to the Daily Mail. The son, Dr AB, lodged a formal complaint against Jenyo.
During the 2015 hearing, Jenyo claimed the misconduct charges filed against him were racially motivated.
Jenyo alleged that during a May 11, 2007 phone call with Dr AB, the son said "I will ensure you are sued and struck off. Where do you come from - you to go back to your own country and give way for white doctors to work you 'f***ing n****r."
"The 2015 panel later found Jenyo had made mistakes when treating Patient A but said the GP had then made 'serious and unjustified allegations against a fellow medical practitioner' and 'had no thought of the personal consequences such accusations would have for him and his reputation,'" wrote the Daily Mail.
In the May hearing, Jenyo stated "I am a good doctor who needs to care for his patients as my first priority. My skillset, attitude and personality has changed and I'm no longer stuck up and self-centerd."
"At the time I thought Patient A's family were trying to attack my personality and I used the allegations of racism as a front to get away with it. I now realize I was completely wrong," Jenyo continued. "I now appreciate that Patient A's family would have been grieving his loss and that my accusations of racism against Dr AB were completely wrong."
Jenyo added that he felt "deep shame" for accusing the son of racism, and that "I should have shown insight in realising that this conduct was wrong."
"I take ownership of my actions and have put myself himself in the shoes' of Patient A's family and and would act differently now," said Jenyo.
Jenyo admitted that he had not yet apologized to the family for his actions, but had agreed to write to the family to "take responsibility for his dishonest actions."
Jenyo’s lawyer alleged that the family "may not want to receive" his apology, and said it is a "significant moment that he is willing to make such a statement."
Lee Davies, a tribunal chairman, refused Jenyo's appeal to have his name restored to the UK Medical Register.
"Dr Jenyo did not consider the significant impact that making false allegations of racism may have had on Dr AB professionally and personally," said Davies. "The Tribunal did not accept Dr Jenyo's evidence that he did not know any contact details for Patient A nor that an apology may not have been welcomed by the family of Patient A."
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