Doctor found guilty of beating his wife is allowed to practice again

Hospital cardiologist who was suspended after being found guilty of beating his wife is allowed to practice medicine again as tribunal rules he poses ‘no risk’ to the public

  • Dr Jigarkumar Dave punched and slapped his wife leaving her face with bruised 
  • He was suspended for nine months by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service 
  • And now doctor’s tribunal service ruled he can now be allowed to practice again

A hospital cardiologist who was suspended for beating his wife has been allowed to practise medicine again.

Dr Jigarkumar Dave, formerly at Royal Derby Hospital, punched and slapped his wife in the face on June 24, 2019, leaving her with significant bruising.

He told police after he was arrested that he ‘respected the law’ but asked officers ‘men don’t have any rights then do they?’.

Dr Dave was made subject to a community order and fined £331 after pleading guilty to assault by beating in November that year. 

The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) then suspended for him for nine months in July 2021. 

His probation service said he focused on his wife’s ‘shortcomings and how this was a trigger to his behaviour’ and the tribunal voiced concerns about his ‘developing but incomplete insight’ into his misconduct. 

Following a hearing in April, the MPTS ruled that Dr Dave was fit to practise once again and posed ‘no risk’ to the public. 

Dr Jigarkumar Dave, a former Royal Derby Hospital (pictured) cardiologist, punched and slapped his wife in the face on June 24, 2019, leaving her with significant bruising

In a determination report released yesterday, Paul Moulder, chair of the tribunal, said: ‘The tribunal determined that the risk of repetition was extremely low and hence there was no risk to the health, safety and wellbeing of the public.

‘The tribunal was satisfied that an ordinary member of the public, appraised of the facts of this case, and having regard to Dr Dave’s considerable insight and extensive remediation, would not be shocked or surprised to learn that Dr Dave was to be allowed to return to unrestricted practice.’

The MPTS said in 2021 that Dr Dave had also slapped his wife in December 2015, while the couple were living in West Yorkshire, but this case was not prosecuted.

His wife had been trying to reduce ‘stress levels’, the tribunal said, when ‘Dr Dave had shouted at Ms A who responded by telling him to calm down’. 

‘The record stated that Dr Dave then slapped Ms A around her face to her left ear and cheek whereupon Ms A called the police.’

The MPTS report also said that Dr Dave’s wife refused to state at the tribunal last year whether he had previously assaulted her because she felt her husband would not do it again.

A police statement by the arresting officer in June 2019 stated: ‘She said he had slapped her earlier that night however it was this punch which caused the large bruise and swelling to her face and eye 

‘[Ms A] refused to provide a statement regarding the incident as she believes he will not do it again despite the clear escalation in violence.’ 

Dr Dave told the 2021 hearing that he was ‘left with a very deep sense of guilt, regret and remorse’ for his actions, but the tribunal felt a suspension was warranted to ‘send a message’ to the medical profession and the public that ‘such a conviction and misconduct…is not acceptable’.

He did continue to work for the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust for 18 months after his criminal conviction and was suspended from his job following the MPTS ruling. 

The trust reiterated this was in line with national employment law and a stringent assessment process.

At the most recent hearing last month, Kyra Badman, representing the General Medical Council (GMC), said that Dr Dave may still be on the journey towards ‘full insight’. 

However, she said the GMC accepted that the doctor had taken steps to address the causes of his offending behaviour.

In July 2021, Dr Dave was suspended for nine months by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS) for the incident, after a tribunal said he had ‘developing but incomplete insight’ into his misconduct. Pictured: Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) headquarters in Oxford Street, Manchester

Meanwhile, the report said that Dr Dave apologised to the wider profession and ‘stated that he would do his best to make sure public confidence and trust in the profession was never again undermined due to his behaviour’.

He also said he was an ‘extremely improved person’ following remedial work.

Dr Dave, who is in his 50s, qualified as a doctor in India in 1993, and he maintained his medical knowledge throughout the period of his suspension.

The chair of the tribunal added: ‘Dr Dave’s insight had developed significantly since the 2021 hearing. It found Dr Dave to be an open, honest and genuine witness.

‘The tribunal was satisfied that Dr Dave now appreciates how others, particularly Mrs A, might perceive his behaviour and it was of the view that Dr Dave had demonstrated considerable insight when he gave evidence before it.

‘The tribunal was satisfied that Dr Dave has developed considerable insight into his misconduct and conviction and their effects on both [the victim] and the wider profession.

‘Further, it was satisfied that Dr Dave had undertaken significant remediation.

‘The tribunal took the view that the risk of repetition in this case is extremely low. The tribunal therefore determined that Dr Dave’s fitness to practise is no longer impaired by reason of his misconduct or his conviction.’

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