Saturday 17 March 2018

Gynaecologist Peter Van Geene found guilty of two counts of poor professional performance

Peter Van Geene
Peter Van Geene

Sam Griffin

A gynaecologist has been found guilty of two counts of poor professional performance by a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry.

However surgeon Peter Van Geene was cleared of a total of 13 of 15 allegations brought against him by four of his former patients.

The allegations all related to hysterectomies Dr Van Geene performed on each of the women in the Aut Even Hospital in Co Kilkenny between April 2009 and October 2011.

All four women fell seriously ill after the operations with three suffering blood loss and two requiring blood transfusions.

A fitness to practise inquiry heard evidence in the case from the four patients as well as Dr Van Geene and three expert witnesses, among others over nine days.

This afternoon the inquiry committee found Dr Van Geene guilty of two allegations made by patient Helen Cruise, the only one of the four patients to waive her anonymity.

The committee found that Dr Van Geene failed to review Ms Cruise pre operatively and failed to explain the procedure that would be carried out, or the risks attached to it, or any adverse consequences.

He was also found to have communicated with Ms Cruise or her family in an incorrect or inappropriate manner.

Dr Van Geene was cleared of four other allegations made against him by patient Helen Cruise as well as all nine allegations made against him by the three other patients.

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