Fatal overdose doctor struck off by GMC panel
AN out-of-hours doctor who gave a pensioner a fatal painkiller overdose on his first shift has been struck off the British medical register.
Nigerian-born Dr Daniel Ubani flew into the UK from Germany for his first shift with out-of-hours GP provider Take Care Now on February 15 2008.
The next day, he injected David Gray (70), of Manea, March, with 10 times the recommended dosage of diamorphine. Mr Gray died hours later.
A General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Panel concluded it had “grave concerns” about Dr Ubani’s clinical competence in his treatment of three patients on that date and warned there was a risk of him repeating his errors.
Yesterday, the panel ruled that a period of suspension was not sufficient in the case.
Panel chairman Dr Brian Alderman said: “The panel is satisfied that erasure is the only means of protecting patients and maintaining public confidence in the profession.”
Dr Ubani (67), a specialist in cosmetic medicine, did not attend the GMC hearing in Manchester. Its ruling does not prevent him for practising in Witten, Germany. He admitted causing Mr Gray’s after confusing the morphine with another drug.
He was given a ninemonth suspended sentence in Germany for death by negligence but cannot be prosecuted in the UK because of double jeopardy laws.
During the hearing, the GMC also looked at Dr Ubani’s treatment of two other patients on the same day - Sandra Banks (59), who was given the wrong medication for a migraine and Iris Edwards (86), died of a heart attack in her care home in Ely, hours after he treated her but failed to send her to hospital. A coroner recorded a verdict of natural causes.