Sunday 4 December 2016

Suspended doctor threatens 'bloody' revenge

Tim Healy

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

Dr Omar Hassan. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos
Dr Omar Hassan. Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

A doctor found guilty of professional misconduct has said his treatment during a public inquiry "will be fully paid for at an extremely bloody price for the people involved worldwide," the High Court heard.

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Dr Omar Hassan also wrote that there would be "a grave response from me and my family . . . to these events outside court and not necessarily in Ireland".

The Sudanese doctor was found guilty of misconduct and poor professional performance on multiple grounds last January by an Irish Medical Council (IMC) fitness to practise committee.

It followed a 10-day inquiry that arose from complaints about care of patients and his interactions with colleagues at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Mayo General and Galway University Hospital between 2012 and 2014.

Among the complaints were that he mistook an X-ray image of an ankle for an elbow during a teaching session at Galway.

He protested his innocence and brought an appeal to the High Court against the misconduct findings, representing himself.

He has been suspended from practice.

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly read out extracts of certain emails and documents authored by Dr Hassan, which he said he found disturbing.

The judge fixed October 18 for the hearing of his appeal.

In one of those documents, a written submission to the IMC protesting against the misconduct finding, Dr Hassan said he was "extremely and unfairly negatively portrayed by some media invited by the IMC to do so".

He continued: "What have taken place will be fully paid for at an extremely bloody price for the people involved worldwide . . . me and my family will take things into our own hands in the future, as our local culture of fair revenge may extend down generations".

In the submission, he also said he strongly rejected the findings of the fitness to practise committee.

In an email to a High Court registrar dated July 11 last, Dr Hassan wrote: "There will be a grave response from me and my family to these events."

Mr Justice Kelly said he was fixing October 18 for the hearing of his case.

Irish Independent

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