Psychiatrist Ovais Badat, a podcaster for the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has been sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.
In September, Badat was found guilty of supplying cocaine, fraud and possessing a Class B drug. He was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in jail.
Badat had been working for the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. A spokesperson for the Trust said, “Ovais Badat was employed by the Trust between 2011–2015. At the time that these allegations first came to light, we took immediate action to investigate. At the conclusion of the investigations, his employment was terminated. All necessary safeguarding measures were put into place to support any staff or service users who may have been in contact with Mr Badat.”
The media department for the Royal College of Psychiatrists was contacted to get a statement. However, the communications spokesperson wasn’t aware of the case against Badat. CCHR duly informed him of Badat’s crimes; supplying cocaine and possession of a Class B drug.
The spokesperson replied suggesting the crimes were not related to Badat’s clinical practice. CCHR pointed out that the criminal conviction of a psychiatrist had something to do with the College regardless of whether it was in clinical practice or not.
At the time of writing, Badat was still featured on the Royal College web site as one its poster-boy-podcasters.