AN under-fire consultant has accused his whistle-blowing former colleague of trying to bribe him with homemade pizzas.

Furness General Hospital urologist Ashutosh Jain was found to be involved in delays which led to patient deaths, coroners ruled, and hospital bosses have admitted he also treated a Barrow granddad who lost a testicle and a woman who went into kidney failure.

His former colleague Kavinder Madhra was involved in cases which included the death of Irene Erhart from Walney and a Barrow man left unable to have sex who was paid £125,000 by the trust.

The urology department’s clinical lead Muhammad Naseem was involved in the treatment of Peter Read whose death, a coroner ruled, was contributed to by his delay in taking the patient to theatre.

Former University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust consultant urologist Peter Duffy, who was voted the trust’s doctor of the year, sparked a major investigation earlier this year after he raised concerns about his three former colleagues in his book Whistle in the Wind.

The trust has since apologised to patients and families and the NHS has commissioned an independent inquiry, which is due to start in the coming weeks.

Last week Mr Duffy was told Mr Jain had made a complaint about him to the General Medical Council (GMC).

The complaint alleges ‘(Peter) did not allow Asian colleagues to take annual leave and his wife used to decide who gets what... at a pizza party’.

He is also accused of being a user of crack cocaine and amphetamine.

Mr Duffy has responded to the GMC and denies all the allegations.

“These bizarre and completely untrue allegations appear to be an attempt at retaliation for my whistle-blowing,” Mr Duffy, 57, said.

UHMBT’s medical director Shahedal Bari said: “We have been made aware that Peter Duffy has been referred to the GMC.

“We will cooperate with any inquiry from the GMC or by the external independent investigation if we are asked to.”