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Kent vet to be struck off for inadequate care of animals' limbs and offering to assist fraudulent insurance claims

6 May 2005

Please note: This is an archived news story. Mr Ranes Kumar Sanyal MRCVS was restored to the RCVS Register of Members on 22 May 2007 and he is therefore currently entitled to practise as a veterinary surgeon in the UK.

The Disciplinary Committee of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has directed that a Kent veterinary surgeon should be struck off the Register of Veterinary Surgeons, having found him guilty on five of six charges of disgraceful professional conduct. 

After a two-week hearing that concluded yesterday, Mr Ranes Kumar Sanyal was found guilty on charges relating to incidents occurring between August 1999 and July 2004. The charges related to a lack of proper management and treatment of animals' injured limbs, dishonesty to clients, representations to clients that bills for uninsured animals could be certified against insured animals, and the false certification of a proposed insurance claim. 

Mr Sanyal pleaded not guilty to the charges, but the Committee decided his evidence was not credible, preferring the evidence given by clients and his former members of staff. 

Finding the five charges proved, the Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, Mr Brian Jennings, said: "The charges proved against Mr Sanyal are at the upper end of the spectrum of professional misconduct. A finding  has been made that animals have been caused to suffer by Mr Sanyal. Further he has been found to have acted with conscious impropriety particularly when he suggested that clients become involved in a fraud upon pet insurance companies; and when he told untruths to clients about procedures supposedly undertaken and diagnoses made." 

The Committee directed that Mr Sanyal's name be removed from the register of veterinary surgeons. His name will be removed in approximately one month's time unless he appeals the decision. 

Footnote (March 2006)

Mr Sanyal lodged an appeal with the Privy Council against the decision of the Disciplinary Committee to remove his name from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons. Having received confirmation from the Privy Council that Mr Sanyal has withdrawn his appeal, Mr Sanyal's name was removed from the Register of Veterinary Surgeons with effect from 10 March 2006.

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