THE Medical Council is investigating a doctor who is accused of attempting to read an X-ray while holding it upside down and trying to cut open a patient’s hand with a scalpel in order to insert a tube.
The hearing into the actions of Dr Vincent Osunkwo began this morning but was halted after he failed to attend the inquiry.
The Medical Council has now adjourned the inquiry into the doctor, who faces 13 counts of professional misconduct and/or poor professional practice.
Dr Osunkwo is understood to be in his native Nigeria and lawyers for the CEO of the Medical Council, which is pursuing the case against him, told the hearing that he has not responded to emails since July 2013.
The charges against Dr Osunkwo relate to a period between March 10th and April 12th 2009 when he was employed as a junior doctor at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
He is accused of attempting to read an x-ray while holding it upside down and of trying to cut open a patient’s hand with a scalpel in order to insert a tube.
Dr Osunkwo also faces the allegation that he told a colleague that scans performed on a patient’s kidneys were “fine” when they in fact showed multiple abnormal masses.
The inquiry heard this morning that Dr Osunkwo has told the Medical Council that he has been refused a visa to enter Ireland four times and so was unable to defend himself.
Inquiry Chair Declan Carey adjourned the hearing to a yet to be decided date to allow the lawyers for the CEO of Medical Council ascertain whether this was the case, and to also offer Dr Osunkwo the opportunity to partake in the hearing by means of video conferencing.
By Kevin Keane