A disgraced doctor who secretly carried out well-paid extra work while on sick pay must pay back £75,000 to the NHS or face two years in jail.
Gynaecologist Dr Anthony Madu, 45, secretly carried out well-paid locum work while he claimed to be sick and was on paid sick leave from another hospital. Just imagine!
Nigerian-born Dr. Madu was convicted of six charges of fraud and given a two-year suspended sentence. He has now been told at a Proceeds of Crime hearing that he must repay £75,620.73 within six months or go to prison.
Madu was given an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar post at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in August 2009.
In October 2014, he was found guilty of six counts of fraud relating to his time at Cardiff and Vale health board.
Cheryl Hill from NHS Counter Fraud Service (Wales) said: “Dr Anthony Madu defrauded the NHS of money which should have been spent on patient care.”
But he was suspended and put on extended leave just two months later over allegations about his conduct towards other staff and claims he had falsified his training record.
From January 2010, he submitted sick notes on three occasions, saying he could not work because of stress. But went on to earn huge sums as a locum at four hospitals in Manchester, Yorkshire and the Midlands.