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    The Fitness to Practise Committee of the Irish Medical Council has halted its inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct against two doctors over the removal of the wrong kidney from a young boy
    The two doctors, Professor Martin Corbally, a consultant surgeon, and specialist registrar Mr Sri Paran have undertaken 'not to repeat the conduct complained of' and never operate without reviewing all imaging.
    RTÉ News: Medical Council halts wrong kidney inquiry

    So these doctors remove the healthy kidney in a child and leave him with a diseased kidney in place. The child will ultimately need additional surgery to correct this gross error and this is not considered 'Professional Misconduct'?
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    The same medical council that though that Michael Neary was a great fella. This stinks.

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    Actually RTE have mis-headlined the story

    Lawyers for the Medical Council said its chief executive objected to the course proposed by the Fitness to Practise Committee.
    It appears the Fitness to Practise Committee is gone rogue

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    Not serious medical misconduct---what exactly then would constitute serious medical misconduct----reminds me of FF and "conduct unbecoming"

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    Why am I not surprised at this outcome - it just goes to show that despite all the rhetoric about the re-organisation of these fitness to practice hearings and greater levels of accountability - its just as it alway's was.

    Introducing lay members to these panels was just a meaningless exercise. How many lay people have any knowledge about medicine let alone what constitutes acceptable medical practice? These idiots obviously havent got an utter clue and rather than this council promoting safe practice and standards within the profession they are clearly bamboozled and outwitted by the presence of so called professionals on the panel. There's an owl saying - there's no accountability in self-regulation and unfortunately the medical council is still testament to this sad but very real fact!

    What this highlights is that the medical profession is an "unaccountable clique" who close ranks at the first sign of trouble and turn blind eye's when faced with colleagues who engage in unsafe practices that unfortunately do actually cause harm to the patient.

    I was listening to the reports on this case and tbh I was quite surprised that Dr. Paran a specialist registrar came out with some bull that he couldnt say no to Prof. Corbally when he was asked to perform this op? What utter bull and I am restraining myself! Medicine in Ireland is so bloomin archaic with its institutional structures and systems - they need to be dragged kicking into the 21st century. So by that very same logic if Prof. Corbally had told Dr. Paran to jump in a fire and that the future of his career as a surgeon wholly depended on it would Dr. Paran still do it...or would he say no?

    I was flabbergasted that Prof. Corbally put this down to human error and because it was human error that didnt constitute professional misconduct. Lets examine the facts here. A young boy was scheduled for a nephrectomy and this consultant documented in the medical notes the wrong kidney for removal. That clinical error resulted in the wrong kidney being listed for surgical removal. Then Prof. Corbally at the last minute delegated this surgery to a junior colleague - who is still in specialist training. Medical council ethical guidelines 2009 explicitly state that care should be consultant led. This complex surgery was being carried out by a specialist registrar who wasnt being directly supervised by a consultant. Dr. Paran blatently ignored the parents concerns that the wrong kidney was possibly being listed for removal and clearly Dr. Paran didnt conduct the necessary investigations when these concerns were raised. Where was his professional duty of care to ensure that the right kidney was scheduled for removal.

    Its quite amazing that these doctors have made undertakings not to repeat the conduct complained of, and never to operate without reviewing all documents and imaging. FFS what do these people do as part of their pre-op assessments and checklist? If that isnt misconduct what the hell is? It certainly doesnt evidence best clinical practice! Its also quite amazing that this error wasnt picked up by any other professional as part of their pre-op checklists ie. nurses but that's a whole different issue.

    Is it any wonder why those who prosecuted this case had to get in experts from out of State...that in itself raises questions about the expertise of Irish doctors and/or their willingness to stand up above the parapet and question colleagues who are being investigated for gross misconduct.

    We've had a succession of cases - Neary for starters. Then there was another case where the medical council had no problems with a doctor doing an internal vaginal examination for an appendixectomy. That particular doctor then claimed that internals were a standard pre-op exam for a appendixectomy - I kid you not! Then we've got a case where an immigrant doctor puts across a sob story case that she was pressured into giving prescription pads or writing prescriptions to drug addicts. Then there was a recent case where a doctor deliberately covered up his own mistake and changed medical records in a case of the misdiagnosis of terminal skin cancer.
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    SIGH!

    Was exceptionally disapointed with the way this case finished. This was an incredible error to have occured. I find it very hard to believe that Crumlin Hospital did not have the safeguards in place to ensure that this kind of incident does not occur.We are not talking about a surgery that was carried out years ago, this happened last year.

    I work with adults and we have a triple check system in place.....surely for kids...we should have a quadruple checking procedure in place!!!


    Poor little man...and his poor parents......and as for the Consultant...not even a slap on the wrist!!...


    Not good enough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dunlin3 View Post
    The same medical council that though that Michael Neary was a great fella. This stinks.
    Are these apt?

    "Every doctor will allow a colleague to decimate a whole countryside sooner than violate the bond of professional etiquette by giving him away." --George Bernard Shaw

    "All professions are conspiracies against the laity."--George Bernard Shaw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidermom View Post
    SIGH!

    Was exceptionally disapointed with the way this case finished. This was an incredible error to have occured. I find it very hard to believe that Crumlin Hospital did not have the safeguards in place to ensure that this kind of incident does not occur.We are not talking about a surgery that was carried out years ago, this happened last year.

    I work with adults and we have a triple check system in place.....surely for kids...we should have a quadruple checking procedure in place!!!


    Poor little man...and his poor parents......and as for the Consultant...not even a slap on the wrist!!...


    Not good enough!
    From what you say though it does look like there was not an appropriate system in place. Terribly sad, and I hope wahtever changes were needed have been made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Didimus View Post
    From what you say though it does look like there was not an appropriate system in place. Terribly sad, and I hope wahtever changes were needed have been made.
    Me too!!

    I really find it very disheartening to think that such a basic basic error was made....
    When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spidermom View Post
    Me too!!

    I really find it very disheartening to think that such a basic basic error was made....
    and that such tracking for such a simple error was not built into the system. I cannot delete the simplest file from my computer with a warning popping up to ask me if I'm sure.

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