A breast surgeon facing allegations of professional misconduct was ‘very dedicated’ and took groups of his patients on kayaking trips, a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry has heard.
The surgeon, who at the direction of the Inquiry can only be identified as Dr C, is facing six allegations of professional misconduct in relation to his treatment of a 40-year-old mother of one who he failed to send for a mammogram in August 2007.
The woman, identified as Ms K, later went on to be diagnosed with breast cancer by the same surgeon in June 2008 and passed away in July 2012.
On the final day of evidence in the inquiry an expert witness, Dr B, who is a consultant colorectal and breast surgeon, has told the hearing that in his opinion very few surgeons in Ireland would have dealt with Ms K differently to Dr C.
The inquiry has already heard that after missing two appointments where she had been booked in for a triple assessment, including a mammogram, Ms K saw Dr C in August 2007.
She was complaining of two lumps in her breast and after examining her using ultra sound, Dr C came to the conclusion that her lumps were benign and the result of dense tissue, a condition he said was common in a woman of her age.
Dr C told Ms K she could return to him for another assessment three months later, however the inquiry has heard that she did not attend again until June 2008, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer following a mammogram.
Today Dr B has told the inquiry that he would not have treated Ms K any differently.
“I would have reassured the patient that I couldn’t feel any mass and I would have discharged the patient back to her GP saying if she was still concerned in two or three months I would see her again,” he said.
The hearing is expected to conclude later today.