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Saturday 17 March 2018

Doctor leaves hearing after patient's treatment is described as 'bizarre'

Edel O'Connell

A DOCTOR whose treatment of a patient was described as "bizarre" walked out of a fitness to practice hearing while it was in session yesterday.

An Irish Medical Council (IMC) hearing into several allegations against Lithuanian national Dr Lina Macaitiene continued yesterday after being adjourned in July.

Dr Macaitiene has a practice on Dublin's North Circular Road called the Irish Baltic Health Bridge Ltd. After she withdrew, the hearing continued.

The fitness to practise inquiry is based on a complaint made to the IMC by a Lithuanian patient, Ina Miksiene.

The doctor is facing several allegations including failing to carry out an adequate examination and failure to take a medical history from the patient.

Ms Miksiene first visited the Lithuanian doctor back in September 2007, at a separate clinic, complaining of abdominal pain.

Following consultation it was discovered the 50-year-old was suffering from a gastric ulcer.

She later attended the doctor's Lithuanian practice on North Circular Road in January 10, 2009 complaining of swollen legs and feeling unwell.

The patient alleges that the doctor told her she had a thrombophlebitis (vein inflammation related to a blood clot) in her leg and prescribed her a variety of medications including aspirin, and told her that if it did not improve to visit her GP within 48 hours.

On a subsequent visit to Dr Macaitiene on January 26, 2009 Ms Miksiene said she told the GP that she was feeling very unwell and dizzy with some chest and leg pain.

The doctor diagnosed a thrombus in her leg, water in her lungs, erosion in her stomach and anaemia.

The patient said the doctor placed her on an IV drip and also administered an infusion of the drug diazepam used for the control of anxiety. She said she was also given two injections in the course of three hours spent in the doctor's office. She claimed the doctor said to "get some fresh air" on the way home and she would be fine. However, the patient said she lost consciousness and collapsed while walking home.

A friend called Dr Macaitiene, who said that everything would be fine. Ms Miksiene said later that night she suffered from severe diarrhoea and was passing black water and feeling very nauseous.

Ms Miksiene said she was later taken by ambulance and admitted to the Mater Hospital.

Expert Witness for the IMC Professor Colin Bradley described as "bizarre" the decision by the doctor to administer infusions and IV drips to the patient at her surgery.

The hearing will conclude tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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