Tuesday 20 February 2018

Doctor cleared of poor performance in care of man (78)

Dr Sardar Ali. Photo: Colin Keegan
Dr Sardar Ali. Photo: Colin Keegan

Cormac Murphy

A HOSPITAL consultant has been acquitted at a fitness-to-practise hearing of five allegations of poor professional performance in the treatment of an elderly man who subsequently died.

Dr Sardar Ali, a respiratory consultant with 28 years' experience, was before the Medical Council inquiry, which looked at the care given to Roy Eyre (78) at Roscommon County Hospital.

Mr Eyre, a former publican from London, who was living in Ballinlough, Co Roscommon, died at the hospital on April 6, 2011, following his admission on March 14, 2011.

The inquiry heard the patient was already suffering from a range of serious conditions when he was admitted, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver and kidney disease, gout and a blood disorder called haemochromatosis, which results in an iron overload.

He had also suffered a stroke and had an episode of deep vein thrombosis in one leg.

The inquiry was told it took 13 days before Mr Eyre was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia, a condition characterised by a low platelet count. A coroner's report cited acute thrombocytopenia as the main cause of death as well as other factors.

It had been alleged Dr Ali failed to give adequate consideration to one or more conditions that might have caused Mr Eyre's low platelet level and failed to carry out investigations into his platelet count.

It was also alleged he failed to demonstrate that he appreciated the gravity of Mr Eyre's thrombocytopenia, and failed to provide a treatment plan. A fifth count alleged Dr Ali failed to reach the standards of competence reasonably expected of a consultant physician.

But the inquiry, chaired by Medical Council lay member Declan Carey, dismissed the allegations on the basis that they were not proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Speaking afterwards, an emotional Dr Ali, who no longer works in Roscommon hospital, said: "I did what I was supposed to do and what my profession was demanding me to do. I'm thankful to Allah that I'm now clear from all these allegations.

"It's tough. We (consultants) are facing a problem on a regular basis. At the time I was working in that particular hospital it was a nightmare.

"We keep telling the HSE that this is not safe, we're not working in a safe environment. Unfortunately our suggestions were not considered."

Representing himself, Dr Ali, originally from Pakistan, refuted the allegations as "a doctor not a legal person".

Irish Independent

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