Locum GP struck off for fatal overdose

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Locum GP struck off for fatal overdose

22nd June 2010

A German locum GP has been struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC) after being found guilty of serious misconduct.

Daniel Ubani was employed by an agency as a locum GP for Suffdoc, part of the out-of-hours GP service provider Take Care Now - a company that ran evening and weekend services in parts of Cambridgeshire.

Arriving in the UK the day before starting a 12 hour shift, he was given an induction by a doctor who expressed concerns that Ubani had no experience of working for the NHS, did not know the area, and had not received sufficient training.

In the same 12 hour shift, Ubani saw three elderly patients, one of whom was found dead hours after being treated for a racing heart and low blood pressure. Another was given a fatal tenfold overdose of diamorphine while the third was incorrectly prescribed painkillers leading to their subsequent admittance to hospital.

Daniel Lee, a clinical negligence specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: "Daniel Ubani made a number of serious clinical failings. His conduct was well below the standard the public should expect of a reasonably competent general practitioner."

Ubani's actions prompted an urgent tightening of the way out of hours services in the UK are run. The European commission has vowed to accelerate its review of free movement of labour rules following claims they limit the ability of the GMC and local NHS Trusts to clarify the professional qualifications of EU doctors as well as their competence in English.

In keeping with the views of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Daniel, a Partner at the firm said: "Clearly the out-of-hours care system needs urgent reform. It is crucial that foreign healthcare professionals should not be allowed to practise in Britain without proven competency and language skills."

The GMC has ruled that Ubani be banned from practising in the UK, declaring him incompetent and guilty of serious misconduct. They concluded he had failed to acknowledge the scale of his mistakes, warning there was a significant risk that - were he to be left free to practise - would go on to make the same or similar errors again.

"Ubani's fitness to practise was severely impaired due to the misconduct shown in his treatment of the three patients in question," said Daniel Lee. "His actions undoubtedly undermined public confidence in the medical profession and the steps the GMC have taken cannot be seen without merit."

A specialist in cosmetic medicine based in Witten, Germany, Ubani was given a nine-month suspended sentence in Germany for death by negligence but still continues to practise. Although he cannot be tried in a criminal court in Britain due to double jeopardy laws, he can never practise medicine in the UK again.

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Source - BBC