October 19, 2021

Embarrassed doctor falsified his own Viagra prescription to avoid going to a GP

A doctor falsified Viagra prescriptions because he was too embarrassed to go to his own GP to boost his sex life with his wife, a court has heard.

Dr Mansoor Kassim, 37, was having “marital difficulties” when he falsified Viagra prescriptions worth £ 340.67 from the NHS.

A court heard Kassim invent fake names of doctors and patients who needed a boost from impotence pills.

He then took the bogus prescriptions for sildenafil – better known as Viagra – to a pharmacist to collect the pills himself.

The staff were suspicious because Kassim worked in a trauma and orthopedics unit – where patients would not normally need impotence medication.

Health chiefs brought in writing experts who discovered that the stolen prescription forms had been filled out by Kassim.

Kassim began falsifying prescriptions on the second day of his employment at Ystrad Fawr Hospital in Caerphilly.

Prosecutor Rob Simkins said: “The NHS Enforcement Team has uncovered theft, counterfeiting and fraud.

“It involves a considerable breach of trust on the part of Kassim who was employed by the NHS as a senior doctor.

“He stole prescription forms from trauma and orthopedic units. These were forged with names of ghost patients who did not exist.

“The names of the doctors on the forms were also fictitious. They were then presented to obtain Viagra.

“But suspicions were raised because Viagra would not normally be prescribed by trauma and orthopedic units.”

Investigators scolded Kassim as he acknowledged his handwriting on the scripts. Some of the prescriptions were discovered during a search of his Range Rover.

The Newport Magistrate’s Court heard he was a chief medical officer who was on the verge of becoming a consultant when he illegally obtained Viagra.

But the father of two, Kassim, is now the subject of a hearing before the General Medical Council – and could be struck off.

Lee Gledhill, defending, said: “He’s ashamed and embarrassed.

“Usually he is a professional with high standards. It was a serious error in judgment in prescribing this anti-impotence drug.

“He comes from a traditional Indian community and his background is really quite prudish.

“He feels a lot of shame now that these issues have been revealed publicly.”

The court heard that Kassim had received advice on his “cultural heritage” and now had a legitimate prescription for Viagra.

Kassim, of Ilford, Essex, admitted four charges of false prescription for a programmed drug, two of theft by an employee and one of false declaration fraud.

He received an eight-month prison sentence suspended for one year.

The offenses occurred between February 25 and October 24 of this year, when Kassim was employed by the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health.

He was ordered to pay compensation of £ 347 for Viagra and £ 2,561 for the cost of the NHS investigation.

Magistrate Alan Penfold said: “This is a serious breach of trust.”

Martyn Edwards, Head of Fraud Enforcement at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “The NHS and the general public have a right to expect the highest levels of integrity from clinicians.

“In this case, Dr. Kassim’s conduct falls short of these expectations.

“The NHS has absolutely no tolerance for the dishonest abuse of a position of trust of this nature.”

Words and images: © Wales News Service


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