Out of hours doctor goes before GMC hearing
AN out-of-hours doctor who killed a pensioner on his first shift was “blissfully unaware” of what he had done, a General Medical Council hearing was told.
At the start of a four-week fitness to practice hearing yesterday, the GMC heard how Nigerian-born Dr Daniel Ubani injected David Gray (70), with 10 times the recommended dose of painkiller diamorphine.
Mr Gray died at his home in Manea, near March, on February 16 2008.
Dr Ubani was told of the death the next day by his employers, out of hours care provider SuffDoc.
Dr Ubani was not at the Manchester hearing. If he is found unfit to practise, he could be struck off the UK medical register.
The 67-year-old is a cosmetic medicine specialist in Witten, Germany.
Before Cambridgeshire police could arrest him after Mr Gray’s death, the German courts fined Dr Ubani 5,000 Euros and gave him a nine-month suspended jail sentence for causing death by negligence.
This means he cannot be tried in Britain.
Mr Gray’s family have accepted £40,000 compensation from confidential sources but have complained to the European Court of Human Rights about the German and UK Governments’ handling of the criminal inquiry.
If it is upheld, it could lead to Dr Ubani’s conviction to be overturned and a potential retrial.
Dr Ubani wrote to the GMC 10 days after Mr Gray’s death, pleading for forgiveness. He said: “I am very, very sorry. The remorse and guilt will live with me the rest of my life.
“I plead for forgiveness and leniency in judgment.”
The GMC hearing is also looking into Dr Ubani’s treatment of two other patients on February 16 2008.
Sandra Banks (59), who was given the wrong medication for a migraine by Dr Ubani, which made her condition worse.
Iris Edwards (86), of Ely, died of a heart attack hours after Dr Ubani failed to send her to hospital, after noting her low blood pressure and racing heart rate. A coroner said it was unclear whether going to hospital would have saved her.