When approached by The Sunday Telegraph Dr Charitou declined to comment or offer an apology to his former patients.
The tribunal also heard that Dr Charitou had deliberately misled British Eventing, falsely telling the governing body in an email that his licence to practise had been merely withheld by the General Medical Council (GMC) because “I was late submitting my revalidation documents and they were quick to penalise me.”
He added: “This has been recently resolved and I have a letter to that effect, my licence to practise is now valid until 2020.” He expressed surprise that the GMC website had not been updated and promised to forward the letter when he got home. He never did, as no such letter existed.
The GMC had in fact informed Dr Charitou in March 2015 of their decision to withdraw his licence to practise, clearly stating: “You must not work in any role which requires you to hold a licence to practise.”
He worked at a total of 10 events in the spring and summer of 2016. During this time his care of the two fallen riders led one to complain to British Eventing and the other to report him to the GMC.
In the case of a another patient, Patient B, who experienced a knee injury and concussion, more serious charges alleging substandard care by Dr Charitou were found not proved, and his assessment of the injury was found to be fundamentally accurate.