GP Who Forced, With The Assistance Of Mugabe, White Family Off Their Zimbabwean Farm Has UK Surgery Shut Down

  • Rankin family were evicted from £1million farm in Zimbabwe in February
  • Given to Dr. Sylvester Nyatsuro, who lives 7,500 miles away in Nottingham
  • Dr. Nyatsuro resigned from surgery Wednesday before damning report
  • Inspectors found unqualified worker posing as a doctor giving diagnosis 

A GP who forced a white family off their farm in Zimbabwe through links with the Mugabe regime has resigned after his practice was put into special measures.

Dr. Sylvester Nyatsuro resigned on Wednesday, the day before a damning inspection report on his Nottingham surgery the Willows Medical Centre was published.

The critic report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) unearthed a catalogue of failures at the ‘chaotic surgery,’ where a healthcare assistant posed as a doctor.

Dr. Nyatsuro hit the headlines in February after the Rankin family was forced off their £1million farm in September by 20 henchmen armed with AK47s.

They arrived with a government document saying that Dr. Nyatsuro, who has close political connections with Mugabe, was now the rightful owner of the plantation.

Two dozen settlers then moved into a nearby cottage and caused problems for the family, according to Mrs. Rankin, 54, who has three children with her husband.

Dr. Nyatsuro, 45, who is originally from the African country but now lives in Nottingham, refused to apologise to the Rankins when approached for comment.

It is unclear if he will return to Zimbabwe after closing down the surgery, which will have a dramatic impact on the doctor’s income.

The report showed that an unqualified member of staff at the practice undertook diagnoses and assessments of patients and even carried out internal examinations.

Organisation at the practice was described as ‘chaotic’ and employees said there was a culture of fear and blame, with staff being reprimanded or shouted at by management.

The damning report also found there was not enough staff to keep patients safe, with medication reviews undertaken by non-clinical staff.

There was even evidence that tasks which should have been done by a nurse were being routinely done by staff who didn’t have appropriate training.

Owners: British doctor Sylvester Nyatsuro and his wife Veronica have been given a farm belonging to the Rankin family. He has refused to apologise to the Rankins, who have lost everything

The report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) unearthed a catalogue of failures at the 'chaotic' Willlows Medical Centre (pictured), where a healthcare assistant posed as a doctor.

TPhillip Rankin and his wife Anita were hauled off their farm in Zimbabwe in February by around 20 armed guards working for Mugabe

Two armed Zimbabwean police officers padlock the gates to the farm when Anita and Phillip Rankin have lived for 35 years as they were evicted

The CQC report branded the surgery, in Carlton, Notts., as ‘inadequate’ overall with its level of care rated as ‘requires improvement’.

It was also given individual ratings of ‘inadequate’ for its safety, management, effectiveness, and responsiveness.

The practice, which was closed in June this year, is expected to remain closed while NHS England works with the local clinical commissioning group to decide its future.

Around 4,000 patients were advised to go to nearby surgeries following the closure but no explanation was provided at the time.

DAMNING INSPECTORS REPORT THAT REVEALS STAFF WERE UNQUALIFIED AND A CULTURE OF BULLYING AND FEAR

A leading inspector revealed how unqualified staff dealt with patients and there was a culture of fear at the Zimbabwean doctor’s ‘chaotic’ surgery.

Janet Williamson, deputy chief inspector of general practice and dentistry at the CQC, said a ‘considerable’ number of concerns were uncovered after the inspection in June.

She added: ‘The practice had knowingly employed a healthcare assistant to undertake medical examinations which were outside the scope of the role and for which the individual was not registered or regulated.

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‘Staff confirmed they felt there were not enough staff and told us that requests for additional staff had been refused.

‘The practice had no clear leadership structure, insufficient leadership capacity, and limited formal governance arrangements.

‘The provider did not have arrangements in place to ensure safe, high-quality care was provided to patients and had knowingly employed a healthcare assistant to undertake medical examinations which were outside the scope of the role and for which the individual was not registered or regulated.

‘There was a culture of fear and blame within the practice and we were not assured that all significant events were reported and used as opportunities to improve safety within the practice.

‘CQC is continuing to work closely with Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS England to ensure all patients of the surgery have continued access to alternative GP services in the area.

‘We will continue to monitor this practice closely alongside partner agencies to check whether sustainable improvements have been made.’

The home of Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro in Flawforth Lane, Nottingham - 7,500 miles from the farm in Zimbabwe that was taken from white farmers and given to him

Janet Williamson, deputy chief inspector of general practice and dentistry at the CQC, said a ‘considerable’ number of concerns were uncovered after the inspection in June.

She added: ‘The practice had knowingly employed a healthcare assistant to undertake medical examinations which were outside the scope of the role and for which the individual was not registered or regulated.

HOW MUGABE’S LAND GRABS LED TO VIOLENCE AND POVERTY

Robert Mugabe’s policy of ‘land reform’ has been running for 16 years, with 90 percent of white farmers in Zimbabwe seeing their land taken and given to black people instead.

The government insists it is necessary to reduce the whites’ economic dominance which dates back to the colonial era – but opponents claim it is a tyrannical and unfair process which bears little relation to justice. Mugabe said that the British took the land in the 1890’s and Zimbabweans are claiming it back. Most of the land is then given to pro-Zanu PF supporters.

The white farmers, many of whom have occupied the same plots for decades, were removed from their homes without compensation and often suffered violence from police during the evictions.

Around 20 farmers and their workers died during the first wave of seizures, which contributed to the country’s economic collapse as Zimbabwe’s skills base was hollowed out and a number of crops produced tumbled.

The policy also led to allegations that Mugabe’s cronies were more likely to be given land than genuinely needy citizens.

Some suggested that the reforms were instigated as a way of distracting from the government’s failure to implement true democracy in the decades after the end of white rule, with Mugabe presiding over a series of rigged elections and ruthlessly quashing political dissent.

But the policy instead made the regime less stable, with Zimbabwe’s economic troubles causing the collapse of the local currency after a period of damaging hyperinflation.

Roughly 300 white farmers were left in possession of their land, but last year the policy of confiscation seems to have started again, threatening the last remaining holdouts such as the Rankin family in Centenary.

She added: ‘There was a culture of fear and blame within the practice and we were not assured that all significant events were reported and used as opportunities to improve safety within the practice.

The CQC also revealed 70 patients had been recalled as a precautionary measure following their report’s findings.

Dr. James Hopkinson, clinical lead for the Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘We are shocked by the CQC’s findings and we are sorry that the patients have been let down in this way.

‘As commissioners, we also feel let down by this practice.

‘What has happened is an unacceptable breach of trust and the standards of care we expect for our patients.

‘We want to reassure patients that this is highly unusual and is not representative of the standards upheld by the overwhelming majority of our GPs and practice staff.

‘We are extremely grateful for the support of four other practices in the immediate area which have stepped in to make sure that the majority of the 3,600 patients registered at the Willows continue to receive the ongoing care they need.’

The CCG confirmed that it and NHS England ‘had received a formal resignation from Dr. Nyatsuro in relation to his GP contract’.

There were protests at the Willows Medical Centre earlier this year after Dr. Nyatsuro was accused of seizing land from Zimbabwean tobacco farmers.

Phillip Rankin and his wife Anita were evicted from the £1million farm by a gang of 20 men armed with AK47 guns in February.

The valuable 2,000-acre property was seized and given to Zimbabwean-born Dr. Nyatsuro who lives 7,500 miles away in Nottingham.

The wealthy GP, who moved to Britain in 2000 and owns a clinic specialising in weight loss techniques, is believed to be close to dictator Robert Mugabe.

Campaigners say the controversial ‘land grab’ was another example of the 91-year-old president seizing land from white farmers and giving it to black Zimbabweans.

But Dr. Nyatsuro claims the land lawfully belongs to him and his wife Veronica and claims it wasn’t taken as part of the redistribution scheme.

By:  James Dunn

 

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