Judge confirms censure of doctor over English competency

Dr Mohamed Abdelrahman, who works in obstetrics and gynaecology in Letterkenny General Hospital, was found guilty of three counts of professional misconduct by a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry.   Photograph: David Sleator

Sudanese doctor found guilty of professional misconduct after questions over certificate.

The President of the High Court has confirmed a censure recommendation by the Medical Council of a Sudanese doctor who provided a questionable certificate of his English language competency in order to work here.

Mr Justice Peter Kelly last month expressed concern that “mere censure” and a requirement that Dr Mohamed Abdelrahman undergo an ethics course did not seem to reflect the seriousness of what he had done.

The Medical Council brought the censure recommendation arising out of an inquiry last August in which the doctor was found guilty of professional misconduct.

Dr Abdelrahman, who works in obstetrics and gynaecology in Letterkenny General Hospital, was found guilty of three counts of professional misconduct by a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry.

The inquiry found he had presented a letter in 2012, purporting to be from the British General Medical Council (GMC), that he had passed a language competency test.

The inquiry heard the British authorities were not satisfied with an internationally recognised certificate he provided regarding his competency in writing and speaking English. It was established the scores on the test were not correct.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/judge-confirms-censure-of-doctor-over-english-competency-1.2912119

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