Out-of-hours doctor at risk of another fatal error, says GMC
A MEDICAL disciplinary panel has ruled that a foreign out-of-hours doctor who killed a pensioner with a painkiller overdose on his first shift in Britain remains at risk of repeating the “grave” error.
The GMC yesterday concluded a fitness to practise hearing on Nigerian-born Dr Daniel Ubani, who injected David Gray (70) with 10 times the recommended dosage of diamorphine to relieve pain from kidney stones.
Mr Gray died at his home in Manea, near March, a few hours after the incident on February 16, 2008.
The panel ruled that Dr Ubani’s fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct in treating Mr Gray and two other patients who he saw on the same shift.
Its ruling said: “The panel has grave concerns about Dr Ubani’s clinical competence. He failed to recognise and work within the limits of his own competence. The panel has formed the view that it is highly unlikely that he has remedied his deficiencies.
“Furthermore, the panel is satisfied that there remains a risk of Dr Ubani repeating such actions in the future.
“Dr Ubani’s actions have brought the profession into disrepute.”
The GMC panel will now discuss what sanctions they should make on his registration to practise in the UK. Dr Ubani (67) is likely to learn the outcome today.
The cosmetics specialist, who practises in Witten, Germany, did not attend the hearing.
He admitted causing Mr Gray’s death after getting confused about dosage and was given a ninemonth suspended sentence in Germany for death by negligence and fined 5,000 Euros.
He cannot now be tried in a criminal court in Britain due to double jeopardy laws.