Sunday 20 April 2014

Two doctors criticised over methadone death

TWO doctors who prescribed methadone to a man who died days later have been found guilty of poor professional performance.

Dr Magbola El Selini and Dr Mona Abdelati both prescribed Carl Quinn (22) methadone after he visited their clinics two days apart in November 2010.

Mr Quinn told both doctors that he was on a methadone treatment programme. He died one day after receiving his second prescription for the drug.

A Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee found that Dr Selini, a medical practitioner at Lough Sheever Corporate Park, Robinstown, Mullingar, and Dr Abdelati, who practised at Coole family practice in Coole, Co Westmeath, were guilty of poor professional performance in relation to a number of allegations, including that they were not contracted to dispense methadone.

It is now up to the board of the Medical Council to decide whether to impose a sanction on the doctors.

Irish Independent

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