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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Doctor denies allegations of poor professional performance in treatment of man (78)

Allison Bray

Published 01/04/2014 | 13:25

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A medical consultant who was treating a seriously-ill 78-year-old man staunchly denies four allegations of poor professional performance against him. Picture posed.

A medical consultant who was treating a seriously-ill 78-year-old man staunchly denies four allegations of poor professional performance against him.

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Dr Sardar Ali, a consultant physician in respiratory and internal medicine, is appearing on his own behalf at a Fitness to Practise hearing of the Irish Medical Council today.

He is facing four allegations following the death of the patient, referred to as "Mr E"' on April 6, 2011, after being admitted to Roscommon General Hospital on March14, 2011.

Mr E was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, or a low blood platelet count, which can lead to spontaneous bleeding or delayed blood clotting.

Dr Ali, originally from Pakistan who previously worked at St James Hospital in Dublin, denies the allegations.

He told the inquiry that Mr E was seriously ill on admission,suffering from heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, gout and has a previous stroke.

The hearing continues this afternoon.

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