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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Doctor failed to reveal UK probe in job form

Kevin Keane

Published 19/12/2012 | 05:00

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A DOCTOR has been found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to reveal in a job application that he was under investigation over the treatment of two child patients.

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Dr Siad Zia (40) applied for a registrar position in Sligo General Hospital in September, 2008. But he was suspended at the time – and under investigation by the UK's General Medical Council.

The doctor, who has an address in Ballincollig, Co Cork, failed to disclose these facts in his job application.

But administrators in Sligo discovered the truth when they carried out checks of the Afghani-born German citizen's references. Documents from the UK showed Dr Zia was found guilty of professional misconduct for undisclosed complaints regarding his treatment of two child patients.

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He was suspended for eight months but when he failed to show up for a subsequent hearing to give evidence of his changed behaviour his registration as a doctor in the UK was erased.

In its ruling, the UK medical council found that because Dr Zia failed to show any evidence of his efforts to address his personal performance and his misconduct his return to unrestricted practise would represent "a risk to patients".

Dr Zia later had his UK registration erased after being found guilty of professional misconduct.

When Dr Zia was told proceedings were being taken against him in Ireland, he responded "You are wasting my time" in an email to McDowell Purcell solicitors who were acting on behalf of the CEO of the Medical Council.

"The Irish Medical Council can do what ever they like to do," he added.

In the last communication that McDowell Purcell solicitors received from Dr Zia, in December 2010, he wrote: "You know the position of the Irish Medical Council has no value for me."

He also attempted to withdraw his registration as a doctor in Ireland but was told he could not do this while under investigation. Dr Zia was not present for yesterday's inquiry, which heard he had excelled as a student in Munich where he obtained his PhD.

Yesterday the fitness to practise committee noted that Dr Zia had failed to engage with it, and had offered no evidence of mitigation for his actions.

The committee's recommendations will be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council, which will decide what sanction to impose.

Irish Independent

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