Thursday 25 December 2014

Misconduct doctor faces fine of up to €5,000 for failing to comply with court order

Published 15/01/2013 | 12:48

A DOCTOR found guilty of professional misconduct in 2010 is facing further sanctions after failing to comply with a High Court order to complete a course in professionalism.

Sudanese national Dr Mirghany El-Mana, of Willow Court Portlaoise, Co Laois - who is on the specialist register at the Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore - was found guilty of four counts of professional misconduct in 2010.

He trained as a doctor in Khartoum in the Sudan and moved to Ireland since 2007, working in Letterkenny, Beaumont and the Midlands.

Details of why he was found guilty of professional misconduct were not revealed at a hearing of the Medical Council Fitness to Practise hearing today.

In October 2010 he was ordered by the High Court to complete a course in professionalism by April 2011.

However, he delayed to do so and did not complete the course until almost a year later, in March 2012.

He wrote to the Medical Council's monitoring committee explaining that the delay in completing the course was due to a busy work and study schedule.

Dr Mirghany did not turn up to a Medical Council hearing this morning that alleged that he failed to comply 'with a relevant condition' – ie, not completing the course within the designated time period.

John Sidebottom, an official with the Medical Council, told the hearing that it had been "well after the date" that Dr El-Mana eventually attended the course.

He agreed with the hearing committee that some "indulgence" was granted regarding the time period – however, the delay meant that this indulgence had come to an end.

After considering its findings, the Fitness to Practise committee found Dr El-Mana's delay did amount to a failure to comply with the relevant condition of the High Court order.

Chairman Dr Richard Brennan said they would be recommending that the Medical Council impose sanctions against Dr El-Mana.

He now faces a fine of up to €5,000 or a suspension or loss of registration as a medical practitioner.

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