Wednesday 21 February 2018

Doctor who mistook ankle for elbow found guilty of misconduct

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos
Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Photo: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Liz Farsaci

A doctor was last night found guilty of poor professional performance and professional misconduct on multiple counts at a disciplinary inquiry.

Dr Omar Hassan Khalafalla Mohamed - who was not present in person for the decision at the Medical Council's headquarters in Dublin - faced a number of allegations relating to time he spent working at the Midlands Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Mayo General Hospital and University Hospital Galway.

The 30-year-old, who took part in proceedings via telephone, was found guilty of 28 counts of poor professional performance and six counts of professional misconduct.

Dr Hassan, whose medical registration has already been suspended, denied the allegations.

Sanctions against him will be determined at a later date.

During the inquiry, a number of former colleagues expressed grave concerns regarding Dr Hassan's clinical abilities.

Two of his former colleagues at Galway were so concerned that they checked the Irish medical register to see whether he was actually a registered doctor.

A senior colleague at Galway told the inquiry that Dr Hassan's level of competence was so low that "someone off the street" would do a better job than he did.

The inquiry also heard of a number of incidents that took place while Dr Hassan, who is originally from Sudan, was working as a senior house officer at the three hospitals.

Consultant Odhran Murray, who worked with Dr Hassan in Galway, told of one occasion where Dr Hassan mistook an X-ray of an ankle for an image of an elbow.

"There was an audible gasp in the room," said Mr Murray, who added that he would expect a medical student, let alone a senior house officer such as Dr Hassan, to know the difference.

Irish Independent

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