A surgeon of Indian origin in Britain who was found drunk on duty has been suspended for nine months.
R. Jairam, an orthopaedic surgeon at the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital, was suspended Monday for being so intoxicated one day in February 2005 that he did not know who he was. He was found wandering the hospital grounds aimlessly.
"The panel takes a very serious view of Jairam's misconduct with regard to drinking alcohol and becoming intoxicated while on call and of his continued drinking and the effects of that drinking in the days that followed," said Polly Clarke, chairperson of the hospital.
The panel found his fitness to practise impaired because of his misconduct, the Daily Mail reported.
Jairam admitted that he consumed alcohol on duty, that he was intoxicated and that he did not inform the hospital authorities.
Just three days after Jairam started work at the hospital, he was supposed to be the on-call consultant but arrived for a major trauma case drunk and reeking of alcohol.
Tests revealed he was four times over the drink-drive limit, the General Medical Council was told.