Out of hours doc­tor goes be­fore GMC hear­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update -

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.

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