Wednesday 17 January 2018

Doctor cleared over patient's death

Kevin Keane

A DOCTOR whose patient died hours after being examined by him has been cleared of allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance.

Dr Mehboob Kukaswadia, a GP working with the South Doc service in Cork city, was found not guilty on five separate allegations before a Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry.

This followed a two-day hearing into his treatment of Mrs May O'Sullivan, a 64-year-old woman who died at home on December 11, 2008.

A coroner's report found that the main cause of death for Mrs O'Sullivan was heart attack but that anti-depressants, which were found in 'the fatal range' in the bloodstream, were a contributing factor.

As well as the anti-depressants, Mrs O'Sullivan was taking blood pressure medication, sleeping tablets and diazepam (valium).

The three-person committee ruled that only one of the allegations against Dr Kukaswadia was proven as to fact, which was that he failed to undertake an adequate examination of his patient.

The committee chairman said, however, that the evidence presented in relation to this allegation was not sufficient to make a finding of poor professional performance.

Dr Kukaswadia, who is originally from Pakistan, was cleared of four other allegations – that he failed to take an adequate medical history from Mrs O'Sullivan; that he failed to take any or all of her relevant vital signs; that he failed to advise or arrange her transfer to hospital; and that he failed to make adequate medical records of the treatment he provided.

Mrs O'Sullivan had been unwell with diarrhoea and vomiting for a number of days before being seen by Dr Kukaswadia at 11.30pm on the night of her death.

Irish Independent

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