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Leading obstetrician faced 11 actions in last five years

Conor Feehan and Cormac McQuinn

Published 23/01/2014|10:36

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Obstetrician Dr Gerry Rafferty

ONE of the doctors at the centre of this week's High Court proceedings on the death of baby Senan Dodd has stopped practising medicine.

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Obstetrician Gerry Rafferty, who along with a colleague apologised to the baby's parents, has quit medicine.

A spokeswoman for the doctor confirmed he is no longer practising when this newspaper asked about 11 legal actions relating to claims of medical negligence that name him as a defendant in the past five years.

Three of the actions are understood to be ongoing while a further three, including the case brought by the parents of baby Senan, have been settled in recent years.

On Tuesday, Dublin couple David and Roberta Dodd settled their claim for mental distress and nervous shock for an undisclosed sum. Senan suffered a catastrophic brain injury after a delay in performing an emergency caesarean in 2008.

Dr Rafferty, his colleague Dr Valerie Donnelly and Mount Carmel Private Hospital apologised to the couple and acknowledged fault in the management of the baby's delivery.

Dr Rafferty initially declined to comment when he was approached at his Rathgar home last night in relation to the 11 medical negligence claims he has faced since 2009. Instead, he referred us to the Medical Protection Society.

In a statement they quoted him as saying: "I am aware of the public interest in the concerns which have been raised about my practice and I am cooperating fully with the process.

"It would be inappropriate for me to comment further while investigations are ongoing."

The spokeswoman added: "I can confirm that Dr Rafferty is no longer practising medicine."

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