Suspended doctor warns ‘bloody price’ will be paid

A doctor found guilty of professional misconduct has said his treatment during a public inquiry “will be fully paid for at an extremely bloody price for the people involved worldwide,” the High Court heard.

Sudanese doctor Omar Hassan was found guilty of misconduct and poor professional performance on multiple grounds in January by an Irish Medical Council (IMC) fitness to practise committee.

It followed a 10-day inquiry which arose from complaints about care of patients and his interactions with colleagues, at Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise, Mayo General, and Galway University Hospital between 2012 to 2014. Among the complaints were that he misidentified an X-ray image of an ankle for an elbow during a teaching session at Galway.

He protested his innocence and brought a High Court appeal against the misconduct findings, representing himself. He has been suspended from practise.

High Court president Mr Justice Peter Kelly, after reading out extracts of certain emails and documents authored by Dr Hassan, said he was very disturbed by what the doctor had written and glad to know the IMC had informed gardaí of these threats.

When Dr Hassan protested his signature was not on an email the judge had referred to, the judge told him emails did not have signatures. He advised him “the less you say at this stage the better”.

In one of those documents, a written submission to the IMC protesting against the misconduct finding, Dr Hassan said he was “extremely and unfairly negatively portrayed by some media invited by the IMC to do so”.

He continued: “What have taken place will be fully paid for at an extremely bloody price for the people involved worldwide as far it can gets, as it seems that following regulations and putting forward reasonable explanations did not work and do not work, so me and my family will take things into our own hands in the future, as our local culture of fair revenge may extend down generations”.

Mr Justice Kelly fixed October 18 for the hearing of his case and after being told the IMC had had difficulty serving papers on him, ordered they be served in court. When a box containing the papers was put beside him, Dr Hassan said he would not accept them as he was going to get a solicitor and they should be held by the IMC until then. He left court without taking the box.


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