Thursday 14 December 2017

Doctor faces seven allegations of misconduct and poor performance

Kevin Keane

The Medical Council has begun hearing a series of allegations against a GP working for an out-of-hours doctor service.

Dr Aoife Kavanagh, with an address in Co Kildare, faces a total of seven allegations of professional misconduct or poor professional performance in relation to her treatment of patients between 2005 and 2010 at the K Doc service in Kildare.

 Among the allegations presented to the Medical Council's fitness to practice committee this morning is that Dr Kavanagh failed to turn up for work on a number of occasions and that she failed to respond in a timely manner to complaints made to her by the director of the K Doc service.

 The inquiry was also told that it will hear testimony that Dr Kavanagh publicly challenged the decision of a staff member of Newbridge Treatment Centre in an aggressive and unprofessional manner.

 The case has arisen following complaints made against Dr Kavannagh by K Doc.

 Barrister Patrick Leonard, who is representing the CEO of the Medical Council, told the hearing that relations between Dr Kavanagh and the management of K Doc had not been good for a considerable time.

 The hearing is expected to last a number of days.

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