Doc who vanished from busy A&E night shift for 40 minutes to get McDonald's is struck off by furious tribunal
A DOCTOR who vanished for 40 minutes on a night shift in casualty went to get a Big Mac, a tribunal has heard.
Dr Peter Kizito, 45, didn't tell anyone he was taking a trip to McDonald's during the busy shift – and failed to answer four urgent pager calls.
When he returned from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, Essex 40 minutes later, he was challenged by a nurse – but casually replied: "I just went to get my dinner."
A consultant who later wrote a report about the incident said no medic is allowed to leave A&E part-way through a shift unless there's an emergency.
Kizito's takeaway trip put patients at risk, the official said.
Now the medic has been struck off after a series of disasters – including shouting when a patient went into cardiac arrest.
The Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service heard he failed to provide good clinical care across a number of hospitals between 2014 and 2017.
He also falsified a reference on a job application and submitted timesheets with dodgy information on, it was heard.
His brief disappearance for a burger happened between March 29 and 30 2017.
According to a report, he took his emergency pager with him to collect the takeaway, and failed to ask another doctor to cover for him.
The pager didn't work as it was out of range, meaning he missed four beeps, it was heard.
He initially said he was gone for no more than 10 minutes – but a nurse said she spent 15 minutes looking for him.
A subsequent investigation found it would have taken at least 40 minutes to drive there and back.
During a probe, Kizito said he apologised for "nipping out without the bleep on me, without informing a senior member of staff, however short it may be".
Later that night, a patient's heart went into arrest in front of him – but Kizito was "all over the place", and the casualty "screamed" as the defibrillator was used.
'CHAOS' AS DOCS BATTLED TO SAVE PATIENT
Investigators found that while "his manner was inappropriate", it didn't amount to serious misconduct.
Robin Kitching, for the General Medical Council, said: "There cannot be many cases where a doctor had breached fundamental tenets of the medical profession in as many ways as Dr Kizito has.
"He lied to colleagues, supplied false references and email addresses in order to obtain employment, and committed fraud by submitting inaccurate timesheets on more than one occasion.
"Collectively, they demonstrate serious, persistent, and calculated dishonest misconduct."
Kizito, who qualified in Uganda, was found to have committed serious professional misconduct.
His name was erased from the medical register.
He apologised but did not attend the hearing.
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