Saturday 18 November 2017

Surgeon 'failed to carry out adequate exam' on woman who later died

A CONSULTANT breast surgeon is facing six allegations of professional misconduct after a patient in his care died of breast cancer.

The consultant, who is currently on sick leave, is alleged to have failed to adequately consider the patient's condition and failed to carry out an adequate examination on her but carried out an ultrasound when he was not qualified to do so.

The medical profession's governing body the Irish Medical Council also alleges that the consultant failed to refer the patient for the review of a specialist and failed to arrange any follow-up care.

He is also accused of failing to maintain adequate medical records concerning the patient in the first day of a three-day Fitness to Practise Committee hearing that got underway this morning.

The consultant's name and other details that would identify him cannot be published after the committee agreed to grant him anonymity pending the outcome of the hearing.

The committee heard that the patient, identified as Ms K, was referred to the consultant, "Dr C" by her local GP in July, 2007, after she complained of feeling a lump in her left breast.

The GP testified that he was not overly concerned, believing the woman had a benign lump in her breast, but referred her on to the consultant because he wasn't "100pc sure."

He testified that the patient "was very upset on the phone and felt very hard done by"  when he had a phone conversation with her when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, 2008.

The committee will hear that the patient was ultimately diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2008 and that she died in September 2012 after undergoing a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

By Allison Bray

Online Editors

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