Doctor to be removed from register

AN IRISH Medical Council (IMC) fitness to practice committee has decided to remove a radiologist from the doctors’ register for failing to co-operate with an inquiry into the quality of her work in Britain.

Chairman Danny O’Hare said Dr Nafisa Paruk had failed to comply with written notices requiring her to supply the council’s preliminary proceedings committee with her observations and comments about a complaint made to the General Medical Council (GMC) in Britain.

Dr O’Hare said the South African doctor also failed to respond to letters from the Irish Medical Council in relation to the complaint and that the committee would be recommending to council that her registration be cancelled.

The 44-year-old doctor, was not present or legally represented when the fitness to practice committee met in Dublin yesterday.

Solicitor for the IMC, JP McDowell, said Dr Paruk first registered with the council in 2006 and since then had been registered in the general division.

After working for just two days in the John Radcliff Hospital in Oxford in April 2008 the doctor’s employment was terminated suddenly because of staff concerns about the her reading of ultrasound and CT scans.

In June 2008 Oxford Radcliff Hospitals wrote to the General Medical Council about the concerns raised by her colleagues.

The doctor, who was employed by Global Medics at the time, had been employed as a locum consultant radiologist at the John Radcliff Hospital and it was intended that she would work there for three or four weeks to cover sick leave.

A performance assessment conducted by the General Medical Council over three days last October concentrated on Dr Paruk’s reading of CT scans.

Of greatest concern was the doctor’s over-reporting of abnormalities in patients who had no significant abnormalities.

It was found that she had an “unacceptable and potentially dangerous” tendency to over-report CT scans and also under-reported some images.

Dr Paruk trained as a medical student and subsequently as a radiologist in South Africa.

She worked as a consultant radiologist in South Africa for a year before taking up a number of locum consultant posts in Ireland and Britain.

After the GMC’s assessment of her work the doctor worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich in London for almost four months where her work was regarded as satisfactory by the GMC who imposed conditions on her work in 2009.

The complaint made about Dr Paruk was conveyed by the GMC in a circular sent to the IMC in November 2009.

It was forwarded to its preliminary proceedings committee which referred the matter to the fitness to practice committee after the doctor failed to respond to a series of letters and emails.

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