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PostPosted: 15-02-2011 15:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nigerian 'fake doctors' to appear in South Africa court
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12463335

A patient at a hospital in South Africa The authorities are worried that thousands of patients may have been misdiagnosed

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Five Nigerian men are due to appear in a court in South Africa accused of impersonating doctors and endangering people's lives.

Special police investigators say they are believed to be part of a syndicate.

The men are alleged to have been running at least six private practices in at least three provinces.

CSI Africa, a private investigation firm, says the medical profession is one of the most targeted by fraudsters in South Africa.

According to its research, fake qualifications run at between 15% and 18% across various professions in the country.

The five Nigerian men are due to appear in the Middleburg Magistrates court in Mpumalanga province along with two qualified Nigerian doctors who are alleged to have allowed their medical numbers to be used to register more practices.

South Africa's Board of Health Care Funders (BHCF), a medical lobby group, has said it is concerned that thousands of people may have been misdiagnosed by the suspects.

The authorities are also investigating reports that up to 17 other people suspected of being fake doctors have been treating patients in government and private hospitals.

Last week, a man who claimed to be a doctor was arrested after the woman he performed a caesarean section on died in the Eastern Cape province.
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PostPosted: 15-02-2011 16:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never mind the dodgy doctors - I want to hear about the 'Magic' SA World Cup snake being seized. Very Happy
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PostPosted: 15-02-2011 16:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Never mind the dodgy doctors - I want to hear about the 'Magic' SA World Cup snake being seized. Very Happy

Tis old news...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10512183
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Jeremy Laurance: Patients beware - your doctor could be the 'nameless one'
Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A friend calls to tell me of strange goings-on at the General Medical Council, the doctors' disciplinary body. You would think they dealt chiefly with doctors who can't keep their hands off the booze, the drugs or their patients – and in the main they do. But occasionally a case comes along out of left field.

One of the strangest involved a doctor who arrived at work, phoned his secretary and told her he would not be available to see patients – a list of 30 was waiting – because he was "no longer in this world". His secretary asked if there was anything the matter. "Don't worry," he replied, "my body is here, but my mind has gone to another plane."

The police were called and their first instinct was to section him under the Mental Health Act. This was ruled out on the grounds that he did not pose a threat to himself or others. So they arrested him for a breach of the peace.

Under questioning he admitted to having smoked cannabis the night before, which he had grown himself. The police suspected he might be suffering from a drug-induced psychosis and called a couple of psychiatrists to assess him. Both found no sign of mental illness. The case eventually came before a GMC Fitness to Practice committee, which found the doctor guilty of misconduct for growing and smoking cannabis. The committee applied the only sanction it felt was possible in the circumstances – a condition on his registration that he desist from growing and smoking cannabis.

In the meantime the doctor had taken a Tibetan name by deed poll, which translates as "nameless one", and divested himself of all his possessions. It was, my friend acknowledged, an unsatisfactory outcome.

If the nameless one is still seeing patients, they may find him dispensing some surprising advice. Shocked

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/jeremy-laurance-patients-beware--your-doctor-could-be-the-nameless-one-2266393.html
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Carmody tells court his brother went into remission after treatment
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0419/1224294977436.html
GORDON DEEGAN

Tue, Apr 19, 2011

FORMER GP Paschal Carmody said yesterday that a cancerous tumour and multiple lesions in the body of his brother, Peter, disappeared after he administered Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) treatment and other treatments to him.

At Ennis Circuit Court yesterday, Dr Carmody said Peter Carmody’s oncologist told him that there was nothing more he could do for him after his response to treatment was poor.

Dr Carmody said his brother had an enormous tumour in the central bone in his rib cage along with multiple lesions.

He said: “Despite all attempts with radiotherapy and chemotherapy, they had failed to reduce it. Irrespective of what they did, it kept growing.”

Dr Carmody said that without any promise of life extension or any other type of alteration in his welfare, he administered a series of treatments to Peter to relieve the pain. The treatments included PDT treatment and immunology.

Dr Carmody said: “For some reason or another, his response was dramatic. His pain diminished the next day and kept diminishing until it faded away completely. Better still, his tumour reduced and eventually it went away. The multiple lesions also disappeared.

“The joy of the story for the family was that Peter went into total remission.”

Dr Carmody added that his brother lived for another 10 years before dying from cancer in 2008.

Dr Carmody (63), Ballycuggeran, Killaloe, denies defrauding family relatives of two terminally ill cancer patients of €16,554 at the East Clinic in Killaloe in 2001-02 concerning the PDT treatment given to the two.

Seven of the nine charges relate to the late 15-year-old Co Wexford teenager Conor O’Sullivan, who died from an aggressive form of bone cancer in November 2002.

The remaining two relate to John Sheridan (5Cool, Kells, Co Kilkenny, who died from liver cancer in November 2002.

Under cross-examination from counsel for the State, Denis Vaughan Buckley, Dr Carmody said that he never told the O’Sullivans that he would cure Conor’s cancer or keep him alive.

Dr Carmody said that it was his view that Conor O’Sullivan may have benefited from PDT and other treatments as he had some success with treating sarcomas.

Dr Carmody completed his evidence yesterday.

The State and defence have completed their cases and Judge Donagh McDonagh adjourned the case to April 26th for closing speeches and the judge’s charge before the jury retires to consider its verdict.
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-13052508

Dr Tony Walker Dr Walker claims Mrs Burton encouraged him to carry out a sex act on her

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A botox doctor who engaged in sexual activity with a dominatrix at his Berkshire clinic has been suspended for 12 months.

Dr Tony Walker, 53, escaped being struck off as a disciplinary panel ruled he "did not pose a significant risk of repeating the behaviour".

Patient Marion Burton said Dr Walker performed a sexual act as she lay on the treatment table in 2008.

The doctor, from Kings Norton, Birmingham, had denied the claim.

The General Medical Council panel said it was not in the public interest to permanently deprive patients of the "valuable" services of an "otherwise competent doctor".

Dr Walker said it was Mrs Burton who performed the act on him and encouraged him to perform a sex act on her.

He denied sexual activity took place at the clinic in Maidenhead in June 2008, but accepts it did in two later consultations.
'Crossed boundary'

Dr Walker told the General Medical Council panel, sitting in Manchester, that it was Mrs Burton who had seduced him while she was "dressed like a prostitute".

Mrs Burton, 51, known as Mistress J in her former occupation, secretly recorded him on their last consultation at the surgery because she said she wanted to expose him to the authorities.
Marion Burton Mrs Burton secretly recorded Dr Walker on their last consultation

In September 2009 she was cleared by a jury of blackmailing the private cosmetic surgeon by allegedly demanding £20,000 after obtaining the covert footage.

Her husband Terry Burton pleaded guilty to blackmailing Dr Walker and was jailed for three-and-a-half years in 2009.

The panel was also told Dr Walker had a conviction in 2008 for assaulting his wife Yvonne in a row about their Great Dane dog.

His fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct with Mrs Burton and his assault conviction, the panel found.

In its findings, the fitness to practise panel said: "You were willing to be over-familiar with Patient MB (Mrs Burton), you proactively crossed the boundary of the doctor/patient relationship and engaged in sexual activities."

But it praised him for attending a domestic abuse help programme where he had received "positive reports".

Mrs Burton told the panel that Dr Walker never knew about her job as a dominatrix in which she earned up to £5,000 a month, with local politicians, bankers, rugby players and bricklayers said to be among her clients.
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PostPosted: 19-08-2011 08:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drink-drive GP tried to avoid being caught by giving police blood sample from her OWN PATIENT
Suspended by the GMC in 2004, 2009 and in 2011 for working or driving under the influence of alcohol
By Colin Fernandez
Last updated at 12:55 AM on 19th August 2011

A family doctor has been found guilty of a ‘grave abuse of trust’ for taking blood from a patient and pretending it was her own in an attempt to beat a drink driving ban.
Dr Ellen MacInnes, 46, claimed she was checking for an ‘underlying medical condition’ when she took a syringe of the female patient’s blood.
But she instead submitted the vial as if it were her blood to medical experts working for licensing authority the DVLA – along with a forged signature from another doctor – in an effort to convince them she was sober after a string of drink driving convictions and a driving ban.

A General Medical Council panel heard that the married mother of four had sent the ‘clean’ sample of blood with the forged signature in an unsuccessful attempt to deceive the DVLA and have her licence reinstated.
The same day she had already submitted a genuine sample of her blood at the Whitley House Surgery in Chelmsford.
Confronted with two samples of blood bearing her name – one ‘clean’ and one containing ‘abnormalities’ – on May 26 last year, staff testing it for the DVLA at the Broomfield Hospital Laboratory became suspicious.
She was required to give another sample and admitted her deception during a further blood test at the former Royal London Homeopathic Hospital on August 17 last year. But as the doctor left the room, and the nurse washed her hands, Dr MacInnes snatched the blood vial and fled the hospital.

In an apparent attempt to see if her blood would come out clean if tested, she sent a sample of it for analysis to the Baddow Village Surgery in Chelmsford – where she once worked – using forms filled out with a former patient’s name.
When her sample came back showing ‘abnormalities’ she accessed the surgery’s computer to wipe all traces of it.

Dr MacInnes, of Chelmsford, was found guilty of three charges of dishonesty by the GMC and suspended for 12 months for serious professional misconduct.

GMC panel chairman Dr Surendra Kumar told Dr MacInnes: ‘The panel heard you took the blood from Ms A under the pretence it was to be tested to discover if she had an underlying illness.
‘The panel took a grave view of your abusing her trust in you in such a way.’
He added: ‘Your dishonest actions have the potential to undermine the reputation of the profession as a whole.’

Dr MacInnes admitted the charges of dishonesty, but claimed they were ‘sudden irrational decisions’ – a view the GMC said was ‘not credible’.
She was previously suspended by the GMC’s fitness to practise panel in 2009 for a period of six months following a spate of drink-related incidents.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2027392/Drink-drive-GP-Ellen-MacInnes-gave-police-blood-sample-OWN-PATIENT.html#ixzz1VSmlCibX
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Chinese patient dies of smoke effects after theatre abandoned during fire
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/0827/1224303061453.html
CLIFFORD COONAN in Beijing

Sat, Aug 27, 2011

A MAN in China died of smoke inhalation on the operating table after his doctors fled from a fire in the hospital, the latest scandal to strike a Chinese hospital after a series of botched operations and riots over poor patient care.

A 49-year-old man surnamed Zhu was having his leg amputated following a traffic accident when a fire broke out in a room adjoining the operating theatre at the Shanghai No 3 People’s Hospital, a relative told Xinhua news agency.

The operation was almost done when a steriliser went on fire. A nurse tried to extinguish the fire but failed to stop the smoke spreading quickly through the theatre. All six medical workers, including doctors, nurses and an anaesthetist, fled the scene.

“We saw smoke coming from the window of the operating room. Then doctors and nurses dashed out. When we asked about the patient, they said he was still inside,” Mr Zhu’s brother-in-law said.

Rescue workers prevented the medical staff from returning to the operating room, and by the time they got back to Mr Zhu, who had been given a general anaesthetic, he appeared to have suffocated. His nephew, surnamed Jin, said that there were no obvious burns on Mr Zhu’s remains.

China’s underfunded medical system is creaking under the weight of huge demand and health insurance remains fairly rudimentary, putting major pressure on the public system.

Earlier this week, hundreds of people fought at a hospital in Nanchang in Jiangxi province after a patient died during an operation.

About 100 relatives and friends of the dead patient, some of them carrying spears, were demanding an explanation for the death when they were ambushed by a similar number of men, armed with clubs and iron bars, who chased them and smashed up their cars, the South China Morning Post reported.
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Australia inquiry after wrong twin foetus terminated
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world/asia/

An Australian hospital has launched an inquiry after staff treating a woman carrying twin boys accidentally terminated the wrong foetus.

Doctors had told the woman that one of her babies had a congenital heart defect that would require numerous operations, if he survived.

The woman chose to abort the 32-week foetus but staff injected the wrong twin.

The hospital in Melbourne described it as a "terrible tragedy".

"The Royal Women's Hospital can confirm a distressing clinical accident occurred on Tuesday," it said in a statement.

"We are conducting a full investigation and continue to offer the family and affected staff every support."

The woman went on to have an emergency caesarean to end the life of the sick foetus.

'Thorough investigation'
Victorian Health Minister David Davis said the hospital investigation would be overseen by an independent expert.

"I am very much determined to get to the bottom of what went wrong," he said.

State Premier Ted Baillieu echoed his sentiments, saying: "I don't think it's appropriate for anybody to draw any conclusions other than this is a horrible tragedy.

"We'll make sure that the investigation is as thorough as it can be."

In a brief statement, the family asked for privacy "at what has been a very difficult time for us".
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Everyone makes mistakes, but here those responsible have been quite transparent about the error made:

Amy Francis inquest: Patient died after attempt to remove wrong organ

A woman died after an experienced surgeon unintentionally attempted to take out the wrong organ during an operating theatre complication.
Amy Joyce Francis, 77, was due to have a kidney removed at the Royal Gwent Hospital in July 2010 but instead the surgeon tried to remove her liver.
The woman from Newport suffered a fatal heart attack after a loss of blood.
The coroner recorded a narrative verdict which was fully accepted by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board.

The inquest was told how Mrs Francis, a retired accountant, underwent keyhole surgery to remove a cancerous right kidney.
Consultant urologist Adam Carter told the hearing that Mrs Francis was to undergo keyhole surgery in order to avoid large surgical wounds and ensure a shorter recovery time so that her left kidney could be treated quicker.

Mr Carter said the removal was the easiest part and he asked a trainee present, who had never done it before, to carry it out.
The beginning of the routine operation went as expected with a 2-3 inch incision made in the groin area.

But, the court was told, when it came to removing the kidney, the peritoneal sac was covered by more fluid and matter than usual.
A trainee surgeon was in the theatre that day, and that registrar put her hand in to remove the kidney, but the registrar became unsure, lost her confidence and Mr Carter took over.

He said it was possible that while she was manipulating the organ the thin membrane protecting the liver, the peritoneal sac, was breached.
The inquest then heard how the surgeon felt what he believed was Mrs Francis's kidney and pulled down sharply, a normal procedure for organ removal.
But, the coroner was told, the anaesthetist immediately reported a fall in the patient's blood pressure. Mr Carter said he immediately realised he had pulled on the liver and, as a result, had torn the organ.

Two senior surgeons were called to the scene and efforts were made to save Mrs Francis, but they were unsuccessful.

"I think that what happened is that the peritoneum had been breached and the liver fell down and became more accessible than it usually is," Mr Carter said.
He added that the kidney may well have been pulled down out of place as well.
"I put my hand inside and felt an organ and I pulled it," he added.

Mr Carter said as a result of the death, operating procedure had been modified slightly and the new method communicated "worldwide".
He said he had carried out the procedure 20 times since the death without a problem.

David Bowen, the coroner for Gwent, recorded a narrative verdict after formally summarising the facts of the case.
"Whilst undergoing keyhole surgery for the necessary removal of the cancerous right kidney, Mrs Francis's liver was ruptured when it was mistakenly and unintentionally identified as the kidney and was catastrophically torn and damaged, resulting in death," he said.

Mrs Francis' son, Alan, said: "We accept the decision and we also accept that Mr Carter and his team acted in good faith to prolong my mother's life."
Speaking outside the court, he added: "We appreciated Mr Carter's honesty and him coming along here today and hope that we can put it all behind us now.
"I think that it was the honesty that saved the hospital. If we thought that they had not answered our questions it would have been different. This was an honest mistake."

After the inquest, a statement from Aneurin Bevan Health Board said it fully accepted the narrative verdict, and its thoughts were with the family and friends of Mrs Francis.
It added: "A full internal investigation was undertaken which examined in every detail every action taken prior to and during the operation.

"The details of this case have been shared nationally by the surgical team with other surgeons involved in the removal of kidneys. Every possible effort was made by the surgical team to save the life of Mrs Francis."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-16533134
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Patient set on fire in Scarborough Hospital theatre
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-17222668

A patient undergoing surgery at a hospital in North Yorkshire was set on fire during the procedure when solution used to clean the skin ignited.

Officials at Scarborough Hospital said the incident happened at the site on Monday afternoon.

The unnamed patient was treated for the injury and transferred to Castle Hill Hospital near Hull before being returned to Scarborough.

Hospital officials said they were "very sorry for any pain and distress".

The fire triggered an alarm which saw North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue send about 15 firefighters to the scene but they were not needed.

Liz Booth, director of operations at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, said: "I can confirm that during a surgical procedure a solution used to clean the skin ignited, causing skin burns to the patient.

"The skin burn was treated immediately and the patient was kept in hospital overnight. As a precaution the patient was transferred to Pinderfields for further assessment and on return was discharged.

"We are extremely sorry for any pain and distress caused to the patient.

"A full investigation commenced within minutes of the incident occurring and a final report will be produced and shared with the family."
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PostPosted: 02-03-2012 14:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I'm now waiting to go in as a day/overnight patient for my wisdom teeth sorting out under general anaesthetic, I have to say that this thread kills me with fonfidence. Shocked
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Nah, you'll be alright. Good luck!
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http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2012/0525/1224316663976.html
Fri, May 25, 2012
A Spanish doctor has been ordered to pay for the upkeep of a child after a failed abortion meant the boy’s mother was obliged to see her pregnancy through to the end.

In a unique case, a court in Palma de Mallorca ordered the unnamed doctor to pay almost €1,000 a month in maintenance for the child until he reaches his 25th birthday. “There has never been a case like this before in Spain,” said Eva Munar, lawyer for the mother (24). “We don’t know if it has ever happened anywhere else in the world.”

The boy was born in October 2010, six months after his mother had gone for an abortion at the city’s Emece clinic.

The operation had been performed when the mother was almost seven weeks pregnant. The doctor told her two weeks later that a scan proved she was no longer pregnant. – (Guardian service)
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Margate GP told patient 'his only hope was Jesus'
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-18411881

Dr Richard Scott discussed religion towards the end of the consultation with the 24-year-old man

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A Kent GP said to a vulnerable patient that he would "eternally suffer" if he did not put his faith in Jesus, a medical watchdog has been told.

The General Medical Council (GMC) heard Dr Richard Scott, whose surgery is in Margate, told the 24-year-old patient that he would not give him medication.

A GMC panel in Manchester heard that the patient was told "his only hope of recovery was through Jesus".

Dr Scott disputes the account of the consultation in August 2010.

The remarks were said to have made at the end of a consultation at the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate.

After discussing medical matters Dr Scott said, as a committed Christian, he had simply offered the patient the chance to talk about the role faith may have in helping with his problems.

At the four-day-hearing, Andrew Hurst, counsel for the GMC, claimed the doctor had told the man, known only as patient A: "He did have a cure, which would cure him for good.

"His one and only hope of recovery was through Jesus.

"If he did not turn to Jesus and hand him his suffering he would suffer for the rest of his life."

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Dr Scott disputes the account given by the patient, described by the GMC's own lawyer as a man with a "troubled psychological history".

When the case was first heard in September it was adjourned after the patient refused to give evidence.

The GMC heard that the patient had agreed to give evidence by phone on condition he was given anonymity and without the public or press present at the hearing.

Dr Scott said he was being denied a proper hearing after the GMC agreed to the patient's request on Monday.

An application by Dr Scott's lawyers for an adjournment to seek a judicial review to try to overturn the rules was rejected by the GMC's Investigation Committee.

Radio transcripts

Mr Hurst pointed the GMC committee to transcripts of comments made by Dr Scott on BBC Radio 2's Jeremy Vine Show and on Nicky Campbell's show on BBC Radio 5 live, speaking of his faith and its use in treating patients.

He said medical rules stated doctors "must not express to your patients your personal beliefs, including political, religious or moral beliefs, in ways that exploit their vulnerability or that are likely to cause them distress", and good medical practice stated the "first duty" of a doctor is the care of a patient".

The GMC was criticised over its alleged "persecution" of Christians after the case was first heard last September - which it rejects.

Mr Hurst said the GMC did not have any bias for or against any religion either way and medics could talk about faith - but Dr Scott had simply "crossed the line" and gone too far.

"The GMC's position is not one that is hostile or opposed or biased against Christianity or any other religion," he said.

"Nor does it seek to promote a wholly secular society."

He was then asked by the chairman of the committee who had prepared the transcripts of the radio programmes to be used in evidence against Dr Scott.

"The National Secular Society," Mr Hurst replied.

The case continues.
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