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Monday 28 July 2014

Hospital a nightmare to work in, says doctor

Allison Bray

Published 03/04/2014|02:30

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Dr Sardar Ali: hearing. Photo: Collins
Dr Sardar Ali: hearing. Photo: Collins

A MEDICAL consultant accused of poor professional performance described working in "nightmarish" conditions at a county hospital where one of his elderly patients died.

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Dr Sardar Ali, who is the subject of a Fitness to Practise hearing at the Irish Medical Council, said he and his team at Roscommon County Hospital were under extreme pressure.

The lack of a haematology lab compounded challenges in ordering blood tests, he said.

He said he initially belie-ved low blood platelet levels of patient Roy Eyre (77) were due to a chest infection. But after daily blood tests revealed persistently low plate-lets, he suspected it was due to myelodysplastic syndrome but never came to a formal diagnosis, the inquiry heard.

Earlier, a leading medical expert criticised Dr Ali's alleged failure to investigate the cause of Mr Eyre's low platelets, which ultimately led to his death.

Dr Michael Keane, appearing on behalf of the council, said he concurs with the four allegations of poor professional performance against Dr Ali.

Dr Ali denies the allegations.

The hearing resumes today.

Irish Independent

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