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Dermatologist guilty of professional misconduct

A consultant dermatologist who prescribed a drug with a risk of stunting growth to an 11-year-old boy has been found guilty of over 50 counts of professional misconduct and/or poor professional performance, writes Kevin Keane. Adam Jacobus Smith, left, who is originally from Zimbabwe, was found by a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry to have put the health and safety of the child at risk.

Inquiry chairman Dr Michael Ryan said his committee was deeply concerned with a pattern of failure on Dr Smith's part to diagnose patients' conditions correctly.

The committee's report will now be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council.

Irish Independent