A doctor who incorrectly vaccinated hundreds of children has appeared before the Medical Council to answer allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance.
Dr Derek Graham, who practices in Newcastle, Co. Dublin has admitted to a series of allegations against him in relation to mis-vaccinating approximately 50 of these children between 2008 and 2011.
A fitness to practise inquiry has heard that in total, the HSE was forced to re-immunise more than 335 young boys and girls when Dr Graham practices came to light in 2011.
He has admitted to the facts of four of the six allegations against him and that these constitute poor professional performance.
His lawyers have told the inquiry however that Dr Graham disputes that the allegations amount to the more serious charge of professional misconduct.
These charges include that he mixed vaccines in the same injection and administered them in the incorrect parts of the body, and that he misreported these matters to the HSE.
Dr Graham is challenging two allegations against him concerning the storage of vaccines in his clinic.
Dr Graham’s practices came to light after a parent questioned a public health nurse about vaccinations and Dr Graham's methods.
At the opening of the inquiry, barrister Cathal Murphy said Dr Graham is anxious and regrets any distress caused to the family members of the young children he treated.
Mr Murphy added that there are a number of parents whose children are involved in this incident who continue to be happy with Dr Graham’s practice as a GP and rather than take up the HSE’s offer to have their child revaccinated, had their children tested and discovered their children were fully inoculated