Fa­tal over­dose doc­tor struck off by GMC panel

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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.

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