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    Posted: 03 Oct 2010 at 16:10

The Apprentice hopeful with a credibility gap in his CV


Published Date: 03 October 2010
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Leeds-born The Apprentice hopeful Shibby Robati was described as a fully-qualified surgeon-turned-entrepreneur when he was unveiled as a candidate on the top TV show this week.

But what the BBC blurb on the 27-year-old "self-confessed comedian" didn't say was that his record as a doctor is hardly unblemished.

Disciplined by watchdog the General Medical Council, Robati has a formal warning for "unprofessional behaviour"The ruling, imposed a year ago despite an appeal, will stay on his record for five years and should be reported to all future employers.

The biography on Robati issued by the BBC also described how he got his first job working as a paper boy in Leeds at the age of 17 before becoming a surgeon.

It continued: "A voice impersonator and self-confessed comedian, Shibby successfully made £150,000 turnover and over £90,000 profit in the first year of setting up two businesses. He says: 'My first word wasn't mummy. It was money.

Tough-talking tycoon Lord Alan Sugar, who offers a job to the winner of the show, was reported to have high hopes for the latest contenders who he said included some "credible people".

Lord Sugar said: "One of the things I insisted on this time was we would have some credible people and credible in the sense that their CVs prove they have actually done something and achieved something in their life."

But there was no mention that, on August 5, 2008, Robati was issued with a final written warning by London's St George's Healthcare NHS Trust at the conclusion of a disciplinary hearing.

Findings were made against him in relation to his conduct whilst working at the hospital as a trainee.

They included that he had made himself available to work a locum shift in one department at the hospital whilst on duty in another, that he didn't always keep accurate medical records, that he failed to make himself readily available when on duty and that he failed to communicate effectively with his colleagues.

Robati has since conceded that he was "somewhat immature at the time" and the GMC accepted that, since the original events occurred, Robati "took appropriate measures to remediate the clinical and practice failures identified and conducted himself appropriately".

Despite requests for comment from both the BBC and programme consultants Taylor Herring, none was forthcoming before the Yorkshire Evening Post went to press.


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