Sacked diabetes consultant Shirine Boardman waits for Warwick Hospital decision on her job

A sacked Warwick Hospital consultant will find out next week if she can have her job back.

Diabetes specialist Shirine Boardman was dismissed by hospital bosses on July 22 for passing patients' details from a diabetes database held by South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust to a clinic she set up.

She will attend an internal appeal hearing at the Lakin Road site on Thursday where she hopes to be reinstated.

Dr Boardman's supporters had considered mounting a protest outside the hospital, but decided against it for fear of hampering her case.

This week many contacted the Courier to call for her reinstatment and voice concerns over the future of diabetes care at the hospital.

Former patient Celia Lawes said: "Many people have benefited from her altruistic care and dedication and do not want to lose this.

"If Dr Boardman is guilty of anything it is purely the fact that she made an innocent mistake."

Another patient, Manjeep Daur, 57, from Leamington, was diagnosed with a medical condition at the consultant's Apnee Sehat clinic at Queensway Community Centre to help reduce high levels of diabetes, heart disease and stroke in the Asian population.

She said: "Many people in this community were scared of going to hospital and there was the communication barrier, but the clinic helped with that.

"My health problems were discovered at one of the clinic's health checks."

Annette Walklet said the consultant helped her in a "time of trouble".

She said: "My daughter had been ill for some time, but no one knew what was wrong until she saw Dr Boardman.

"We would like the hospital to forgive her. Her loss would be detrimental to health care in this area."

This view has been voiced by others including South Warwickshire Diabetes Support Group chairman David Gent.

He said: "With the possibility of only locum consultant diabetes care in the foreseeable future, my group members are concerned about ongoing care

"I hope the appeal panel will take fully into account the feelings of the public."

Carol Percy, 40, from Warwick, has fears over the future of a polycystic ovary syndrome clinic and support group started by Dr Boardman. She said: "This is a really pioneering service. The condition affects women's whole health and is linked to diabetes.

"I didn't have any support with my condition until I came to Warwick Hospital."

A hospital spokesperson said: "The diabetes service has continued to run in Dr Boardman's absence with a locum covering existing patients with the support of two other consultants. This arrangement will continue until the outcome of Dr Boardman’s appeal is decided and then the situation will be reviewed.

“One of our consultants currently supporting the diabetes service has secured a new post in another trust and we will be seeking to appoint a new consultant diabetologist early next year.

“The other consultant that supports this service does work on a part-time basis and has done for sometime, butthere are no plans for this to change in the immediate future.

Director of human resources at the hospital, Ann Pope, said: “Our recruitment process always aims to ensure that the right person is appointed and that there is no disruption to the service that patients receive.

“Appropriately skilled locums are used to support our permanent team when required.”

The polycystic ovary syndrome is led by specialist nurse Tineke Gibbs and supported by a consultant. The support group has not operated for a year.