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Radiologist made serious errors on CT scan reports

Liz Farsaci

Published 02/12/2015 | 00:00

It was alleged that Dr Siddiqi made serious errors in one or more of some 20 cases identified by an expert. (Stock photo)
It was alleged that Dr Siddiqi made serious errors in one or more of some 20 cases identified by an expert. (Stock photo)

A Radiologist who made serious errors in relation to a number of his CT scan reports was found guilty of poor professional performance.

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Dr Dawar Siddiqi, who worked as a locum consultant radiologist at Bantry General Hospital between May and September 2013, faced the allegation of poor professional performance throughout the ongoing Fitness to Practise inquiry at the Medical Council in Dublin.

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It was alleged that Dr Siddiqi made serious errors in one or more of some 20 cases identified by an expert.

These cases included patients who were facing a potential brain tumour, and the serious threat of cancer in the lymph nodes.

The inquiry committee determined last night that Dr Siddiqi made serious errors in 11 of these cases.

In his closing submissions, JP McDowell, legal counsel for the Medical Council, said the most concerning aspect of this inquiry "is the lack of insight displayed by Dr Siddiqi into his own shortcomings".

In his closing submissions, Dr Siddiqi argued that he has been at a disadvantage throughout the inquiry, as he has been legally representing himself.

The radiologist defended his competence, arguing: "I have proven my skills in the period before and after".

Therefore, he said, the issue must lie with the hospital and not with himself.

During the cross-examination on Monday, Dr Siddiqi raised the possibility that he had not authored all of the reports under question, as he claimed that not all of them had been verified.

However, Roisin O'Carroll, the radiography services manager at Bantry General Hospital yesterday confirmed that Dr Siddiqi was indeed the author of the three reports under question.

Dr Siddiqi was hired to work as a locum consultant radiologist at Bantry for the period between May and November 2013.

However, because of concerns from the hospital, he ceased working there in September 2013.

Throughout the inquiry, Dr Siddiqi denied the allegation and insisted that his circumstances constituted serious mitigating factors.

The matter of sanctions will be determined at a later date.

Irish Independent

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