Migrant doctor ‘was unable to practise safely in English’, council hears

 A doctor at St Columcille’s Hospital in south Dublin was ‘unable to practise medicine safely through the medium of the English language in 2013’, a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee has been told.

Dr Mohamed Elhassan is accused of professional misconduct and poor performance.

A locum senior house officer at St Columcille’s Hospital in south Dublin was “unable to practise medicine safely through the medium of the English language in 2013”, a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee has been told.

Dr Mohamed Elhassan is accused of professional misconduct and poor professional performance arising out of his work as a locum at the hospital in Loughlinstown over a single weekend, from July 6th, 2013, to July 8th, 2013.

Complaints about Dr Elhassan’s performance were made to the Medical Council by consultant physician in geriatric medicine at the hospital, Dr Rachael Doyle, and by the then acting director of the National Poisons Centre at Beaumont Hospital, Dr Anton Leonard.

Speaking to the hearing via telephone, Dr Leonard said Dr Elhassan’s “speech was incoherent. It was slurred, thereby preventing him from communicating clearly”.

He said he had been asked by a UK poisons centre which handled out-of-hours calls for Irish hospitals to review a number of recordings of calls by Dr Elhassan, made while the doctor was at St Columcille’s.

The recordings showed Dr Elhassan had difficulties with a patient’s name, sex and weight, and with interacting with his medical colleagues both in the hospital and at the UK poisons centre, Dr Leonard said.

Dr Leonard said the calls also showed a lack of “basic knowledge” of what Dr Elhassan was being told by staff at the poisons centre.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/doctor-was-unable-to-practise-safely-in-english-council-hears-1.2825826

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