Name suppression has been lifted for 54-year-old Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui, accused on charges of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception in respect of his employment at Waikato DHB.
Waikato DHB provided an affidavit in support of Police opposition to continued name suppression for Mohamed Siddiqui when he appeared in Court this morning.
“Our priority is still for the safety of our patients.” said Waikato DHB chief executive Dr Nigel Murray.
“Now that the name suppression has been released it will be easier for the remaining patients to contact us if they were seen by Mohamed Siddiqui known as Mo or Dr Siddiqui.”
“Having Mohamed Siddiqui’s name released to the public also removes the cloud hanging over other doctors and staff working in mental health services.”
“We do understand that this experience may cause distress to patients and their families and we sincerely apologise.” said Dr Murray.
Mohamed Siddiqui was under the supervision of a senior psychiatrist while working at the DHB. The supervisor raised concerns about their professional ability, ultimately withdrawing supervision, which resulted in immediate withdrawal of Mohamed Siddiqui’s ability to practice.
To date (August 3) our investigation into Mohamed Siddiqui’s patient involvement is assessed at –
- He was involved in assessing and treating 75 patients
- Of these, 27 have been identified requiring further follow-up.
- Of these 27 and we have contacted 22 of them. Some of those have had further follow-up
- We are still trying to contact five people in this group.
- The other 48 were all followed up by teams/clinicians within our service after seeing Mohamed Siddiqui, but all have been informed of what has occurred.
The information to date has not identified any harm to patients.
If you are a patient or have a family member who was seen by the triage, Crisis or Home based treatment teams during this time and are concerned that you might have been seen by Mohamed Siddiqui or would like general reassurance, please phone the Triage Service 0800 50 50 50 or Email: [email protected]
If you are a patient or have a family member and you would like to make a complaint regarding this or any other aspect of your involvement with Mental Health and Addictions Services, please contact: [email protected]
Mohamed Siddiqui was remanded to appear on 31 August 2015. A plea has not yet been entered.