A consultant psychiatrist who has been convicted at Bristol Crown Court and who is now facing a custodial sentence, is also a voice of the Royal College of Psychiatrists as a podcaster.
On Friday 29 September, Dr Ovais Badat was found guilty of supplying cocaine, fraud and possessing Class B drug Ketamine.
Badat who worked at the adult ADHD service of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, had been suspended by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) on 16 September prior to the trial.
The jury at Bristol Crown Court heard how Badat invited a patient to meet him at a hotel in January 2015 where he provided her with champagne. The prosecutor then told the jury how Badat brought out cocaine that was stored in what was described as his ‘Man Tin.’ He also had various pills stored in the tin.
Badat, who was found to be a regular cocaine user, had also been writing fake prescriptions for a fictitious person. CCTV showed him collecting the prescriptions himself from a chemist.
The full story of the events that lead to Badat’s conviction can be read on the Bristol Post.
It’s also come to light Badat has been a regular interviewer on podcasts featured on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website. Ironically, he is listed on the podcasters web page alongside Dr Raj Persaud, another psychiatrist with a checkered past. At a disciplinary hearing in 2008, Persaud admitted using plagiarised material in a book and several articles he wrote for newspapers and medical journals and was suspended from practising for 3 months.
The web page for the Royal College featuring podcaster Badat carries the mantra “Improving the lives of people with mental illness.” In view of Badat’s actions that lead to his conviction, it’s a mantra that may need revising.
Badat was bailed and is due to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 20 October. CCHR UK will keep this page updated and will be reporting on the outcome.