Biomedical Scientist, Bernard Watkins, Struck Off on Grounds of Misconduct

Bernard Watkins (BS39593) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of misconduct whilst employed as a biomedical scientist with Cwm Taf University Health Board.

HCPTS - Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service - Bernard Watkins

A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Watkins used an isolate obtained from a faecal sample belonging to another patient to contaminate his own sample, in order to indicate that he had a salmonella infection.

The Panel further heard that in carrying this out Mr Watkins obtained confidential patient information without authorisation or clinical reason.

Panel Chair Claire Cheetham commented:

“The misconduct amounted to a deliberate course of conduct which was done by Mr Watkins in order to deceive his employer. Mr Watkins has made no indications that he appreciated, or was aware of, the risks to his colleagues or the wider public because of his actions.”

The Panel ordered for the name of Bernard Watkins to be struck off the HCPC Register.

Mr Watkins was neither present nor represented at the hearing.