Out-of-hours doc­tor at risk of an­other fa­tal er­ror, says GMC

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

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.

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