Tuesday 21 November 2017

Doctor accused of 'bizarre behaviour' and 'lack of knowledge' in posts

Dr Omar Mohamed at the inquiry. Photo: Frank McGrath
Dr Omar Mohamed at the inquiry. Photo: Frank McGrath

Liz Farsaci

A doctor has been accused of showing clinical incompetence regarding diagnosis, prescriptions and disease control while working at three hospitals.

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed, whose medical registration is currently suspended, is the subject of a disciplinary inquiry at the Medical Council.

The Senior House Officer (SHO) faces a number of allegations relating to events while he was working as a surgical SHO at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise in 2012 and Mayo General Hospital in 2013, and as an orthopaedic SHO at University Hospital Galway in 2014.

Dr Hassan, who is representing himself at the inquiry, was placed off call shortly after he began all three posts. His medical registration was suspended by the High Court following an application by the Medical Council in March 2015 under Section 60 of the Medical Practitioners Act.

Frank Beatty, BL for the Medical Council, said Dr Hassan demonstrated a level of clinical incompetence regarding diagnosis, prescriptions and disease control. The doctor also demonstrated a lack of knowledge and insight, and bizarre behaviour, Mr Beatty said.

One allegation relates to the admission of a three-year-old child at University Hospital Galway in February 2014. It is claimed Dr Hassan failed to prioritise the child's admission when the child presented with a fractured humerus, in a timely manner.

Dr Hassan denies the allegations.

Separately, it is claimed that while working at the Portlaoise hospital in October 2012 he failed to respond to a number of pages from nursing staff, and that he failed to admit patients and/or obtain consent for procedures on the day ward in a timely manner.

These patients would have come into the hospital for day surgeries.

Up to 30 witnesses will give evidence in the inquiry, which is expected to last two weeks.

Irish Independent

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