Sunday 18 March 2018

Doctor fights censure over girl's tongue tie operation

Prof Martin Corbally
Prof Martin Corbally

Tim Healy

A FINDING of poor professional performance against a doctor over an incorrect mouth operation on a child was not proven, was irrational and disproportionate, the High Court has been told.

Prof Martin Corbally, of Donabate, Co Dublin, but working in Bahrain, wants orders quashing the Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Committee de-cision that he was guilty of poor professional performance arising from the incorrect surgery.

The court heard yesterday that a "systems failure" led to the incorrect "tongue tie" operation being carried out on a two-year-old girl at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, in April 2010.

The FTPC made its decision on foot of findings that Dr Corbally incorrectly described the procedure in his out-patient notes. It also said he failed to apply appropriate standards of clinical judgment expected.

A stay on the sanction applies pending the outcome of the case, which continues.

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