Doctor prescribed medical alcoholic detox to boy (17) who drank four bottles of beer, council heard
Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30
A doctor prescribed a serious medical detox procedure used for alcoholics to a 17-year-old boy, who had drunk four bottles of beer, the Irish Medical Council heard.
A fitness-to-practise hearing yesterday heard that Dr Mohamed Elhassan incorrectly noted that the boy, drank four bottles of vodka, which the council was told would have killed him if true.
Dr Elhassan appeared via telephone from Saudi Arabia at the hearing, facing allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance.
The doctor worked as a locum in St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Dublin, for just one weekend from July 6 to July 8, 2013 before senior staff became seriously concerned about his abilities and his employment ceased.
He was reported to the council by consultant physician in geriatric medicine at the hospital, Rachael Doyle.
Among the complaints detailed by Dr Doyle was Dr Elhassan's struggling with charts and medical procedures.
He also failed to reveal on his CV that he had worked in the Cavan/Monaghan Mental Health Service, allegedly knowing that there were serious concerns about his practice there.
Dr Doyle said in the case of the detox prescription, it was never administered and the boy's mother picked up the mistake quickly.
"The boy's mother was very distressed that (the medical chart) said four bottles of vodka," Dr Doyle told the hearing.
"There's no way you'd be alive after four bottles of vodka," she added. Dr Doyle also told the hearing that Dr Elhasan texted her that she had a "black heart" after she reported him to the council.
Dr Elhassan, defending himself, told the council that he was suffering from depression at the time of the allegations.
The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday morning.