Doctor guilty of misconduct after patient files dumped near his home
A DOCTOR has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct after highly sensitive medical records for around 300 patients were found dumped near his former home.
Dr Ogbonna Anoke worked in Cavan-Monaghan Hospital between January and September 2010 as a non-consultant hospital doctor.
He faced charges of misconduct at a fitness-to-practise hearing of the Irish Medical Council.
He was guilty of taking sensitive clinical material from the hospital to his home, failing to dispose of the material adequately and leaving the material at the premises after moving house.
The council heard how the records were discovered by Sandra Macliammoir on August 7, 2010.
Ms Macliammoir, chairwoman of the local residents' committee, noticed up to 12 black bags containing official looking documents on waste ground near Station Lane, Swellan, Co Cavan.
The waste ground was adjacent to Dr Anoke's home and the bags contained general waste including bills, an agency invoice and a plane ticket in his name.
The hospital was forced to contact 32 patients to inform them of the serious data security breach.
Defending the case, the doctor said he had no idea how the files ended up on the waste ground.
He had moved house that June and admitted that he had left bags containing stationery behind and forgot to collect them.
The council said it was reserving a decision on what sanctions to take against the doctor.