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Pather worked at the school from September 1 2018 to May 31 2019 and fabricated documents twice. First a document dated September 25, 2018, claimed to be a fitness to work note from the GP saying she had been diagnosed with an illness. The document was fake, and there was no Dr C working at the practice.
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Another note from an NHS Trust claimed to be a handwritten discharge summary. It was not Dr D's signature and Pather also had no other evidence to support the diagnosis. The panel found her misconduct proven for both allegations, and the general allegation of failing to provide evidence to justify repeated absences during her employment.
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Pather had absences in every month of her employment, twice exceeding seven days in November to December 2018 and February 2019. A witness told the hearing Pather would sometimes call the absence voicemail system "but not always" and would sometimes just tell another member of staff. This left the school unclear on if she was coming in.
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Pather also failed to provide sick notes for months after her absences, despite requests from the school. This allegation was supported by witness testimony and email evidence of dated requests for the notes.
A witness also described how he had sought to verify the fake GP note. The QR code did not work and the practice manager at the surgery the note was from confirmed the note was note issued by their practice. The surgery could neither trace the documents on their audit trail. Pather was confronted about the note and continued to lie, but then resigned.
On the doctor's note a Junior Doctor was summoned as a witness and said they could not remember if Pather had been a patient. They added that handwritten discharge letters were rare and the signature on the summary was not their own. The panel also questioned the existence of the claimed condition without supporting documents from the hospital.
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Finding the majority of allegations proven and bringing the profession into disrepute, the panel concluded: "The panel was satisfied that the conduct of Ms Pather fell significantly short of the standard of behaviour expected of a teacher. Her dishonesty over a sustained period of time undermined the trust that the School placed in her and disrupted the learning of the pupils she was employed to teach, thereby failing to treat her colleagues and the pupils with the respect they deserved."
Pather's actions were found to be "deliberate and dishonest" and she was banned from teaching for five years.
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