Junior doctor could not do CPR, Medical Council told
Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30
A junior doctor was unable to carry out basic medical exams and could not perform CPR, a hearing has been told.
Indian national Dr Muthulingam Kasiraj (36), who prefers to be known as Dr Sripathy, is facing 24 allegations of poor professional performance at the Irish Medical Council.
It was alleged at his fitness to practice hearing that he was unable to perform basic medical examinations and didn't understand common medical conditions.
One consultant told the council hearing he had "never seen that volume of errors from one doctor in all my years".
Dr Sripathy worked for Child and Adolescent Services in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, for the first six months of 2013.
He was then employed at St Loman's Hospital in Mullingar from July until December that year.
He worked as a junior psychiatric doctor in both institutions.
The council heard on numerous occasions Dr Sripathy wrote incorrect medicine dosages on letters for patients' GPs.
It was alleged he didn't know what herpes simplex was, that malignant melanoma was a skin condition or how to perform CPR.
On an occasion in August 2013, he prescribed a drug to a patient and later admitted he did not know what the drug was for.
Dr Sripathy submitted that he was told by a nurse that a consultant had phoned and instructed her to tell him to write the prescription.
There was no evidence at the council about any ill-effects suffered by patients cared for by Dr Sripathy.
The doctor qualified in Bulgaria in 2005 and registered in Ireland in 2012.
Dr Ciaran Corcoran, who was Dr Sripathy's supervising consultant at St Loman's, referred the junior doctor to the council after he became increasingly concerned about patient safety.
Dr Corcoran told the council he tried to help Dr Sripathy in every way he could and even lent him final-year medical books to study.
He told how he initially became concerned, and said the difficulties came despite the doctor's polite, friendly and punctual manner.
"I asked what steps would you take if someone collapsed in front of you in the supermarket or in the community?
"You get help, you call an ambulance. I was surprised he did not have that knowledge," Dr Corcoran said.
Dr Sripathy had no legal counsel at the hearing and represented himself.
He put it to Dr Corcoran that regarding one allegation, rather than saying he didn't know how to perform a basic neurological examination, he meant he didn't know how it was performed in St Loman's.
"What was communicated to me was, 'I don't know,' rather than, 'Here's how I do it'," Dr Corcoran told the council.
"I've never seen that volume of errors from one doctor in all my years," he said.
The council was told that Dr Sripathy was subsequently diagnosed with anankastic personality disorder, which is an obsessive compulsive condition.
The hearing continues on Monday.