Friday 24 November 2017

Doctor’s appeal over professional misconduct struck out

Tim Healy

A HUNGARIAN doctor found guilty of professional misconduct and poor professional performance by a Medical Council fitness to practise committee has had his appeal struck out by the High Court.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, also confirmed the decision of the Medical Council in relation to Dr Laszlo Ruscsakk over the care of a woman who underwent a gastric band procedure in Hungary.

The inquiry found that Dr Ruscsakk, a former director of Haven Cosmetic Surgery in Stillorgan, Dublin, did not provide Lucia Dowd from Lucan, Co Dublin, with a psychological review or counselling before the gastric band procedure in October 2009.

Dr Ruscsakk was also found to have disclosed confidential information about her case.

The inquiry heard that the doctor, who was not present at the inquiry and had no legal defence, arranged for patients to travel to Hungary for gastric band operations.

The surgery that restricts stomach capacity was performed by another Hungarian doctor, Dr Jonas Bende, who was not present at the inquiry but gave evidence via a video link.

It was alleged that Dr Ruscsakk provided wholly unsatisfactory after-care to Ms Dowd and failed to respect patient confidentiality when he provided RTÉ's Liveline with details of her medical treatment in September 2010.

The inquiry heard that Ms Dowd, who had to get after-care elsewhere, eventually had her gastric band removed in the summer of 2010.

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