Monday 27 February 2017

GP guilty of poor professional performance over patient care

Liaz Farsaci

A number of the allegations faced by Dr Intan Besri, of Dublin 13, were not proven beyond reasonable doubt. Stock picture
A number of the allegations faced by Dr Intan Besri, of Dublin 13, were not proven beyond reasonable doubt. Stock picture

A GP was found guilty of poor professional performance after appearing before a Medical Council inquiry over her care of a female patient who later died of advanced colon cancer.

However a number of the allegations faced by Dr Intan Besri, of Dublin 13, were not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

Dr Besri, a GP working as a locum at the College Gate Clinic at Ballymun Road, Glasnevin, faced a number of allegations in relation to Breeda Fayne, who was seen by the GP on two occasions between February and April 2012.

Ms Fayne, who died of advanced colon cancer two years ago, made a complaint to the Medical Council in April 2013.

Yesterday the inquiry was informed that Dr Besri was willing to admit to six of the factual allegations.

The allegations that Dr Besri admitted to were in relation to her failure to develop an appropriate management plan for Ms Fayne, who came to visit her on February 8, 2012, and failure to make adequate notes regarding that and a later visit.

Admissions

On foot of these admissions by Dr Besri, the inquiry committee found that, collectively, they amounted to poor professional performance. Sanctions will be determined at a later date.

In announcing their findings, the committee members offered their condolences to Ms Fayne's widower and son.

The inquiry previously heard that Ms Fayne said she went to visit Dr Besri in February 2012, complaining of pain on her left side. Dr Besri requested an abdominal MRI for Mrs Fayne but, instead, an MRI of the pelvis was performed, for reasons unknown to the inquiry.

Simon Mills, representing Dr Besri, pointed out that this was an isolated case involving a single patient. While there was ultimately a tragic outcome for Mrs. Fayne and her family, it was never alleged that any act or omission on the part of Dr Besri lead to Mrs Fayne's death.

Since 2012, Dr Besri, who obtained her medical degree from UCD in 2001, has taken a number of steps to develop herself professionally and adopted an improved note-taking system.

Irish Independent

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