Wednesday 13 December 2017

I didn't promise cancer cure, doctor tells court

Gordon Deegan

A DOCTOR told gardai that at no time did he give false hope to cancer patients, a court has heard.

In an interview with gardai that was read out in Ennis Circuit Court, former Clare GP Paschal Carmody said he never proposed to patients that the Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) administered "was a cure or that it may have a positive effect".

But relatives of terminally ill cancer patients have told the jury that Dr Carmody told them he could cure their cancer by administering PDT.

Conor O'Sullivan (15), of Granite Lodge, Gorey, Co Wexford; and John Sheridan (58), of Kells, Kilkenny, both died in November 2002.

Dr Carmody (65) of Ballycuggeran, Killaloe, told gardai: "At no time did I give false hope to patients that PDT was a cure."

He said: "To misguide any human being, even in the slightest way, is immoral, unforgivable, shows a lack of any kind of integrity and is deprecated to the level where it belongs.

"I did not mislead any patient in my 28 years of continuous medical practice."

On the allegation that he told Conor O'Sullivan's family that he would cure Conor's cancer, Dr Carmody said: "I didn't tell the family that I would cure Conor or keep the cancer at bay as such. There was no communication of that nature."

Dr Carmody denies defrauding family members of two cancer patients of €16,554 at the East Clinic in Killaloe in 2001-02.

The case continues on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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