Medical supervision urged to prevent risk to patients

The Government is being asked to take steps to prevent the risk of other mothers losing their lives as Sally Rowlette did the day after she gave birth to her fourth child.

Medical supervision urged to prevent risk to patients

Fianna Fáil health spokesman in the Senate, Marc MacSharry, wants Health Minister Leo Varadkar to ensure medics at the centre of medical negligence allegations are supervised by more senior personnel if they continue to work in the HSE.

Mr MacSharry intends to raise the matter in the Senate tomorrow.

His move follows the discovery that vanished obstetrician Dr Murshid Ismail, who had main care of Sally during her pregnancy, previously delivered a baby who later received a €485,000 settlement at the High Court.

Last week’s inquest into the death of 36-year-old Sally in February 2013 was told that her consultant obstetrician, Dr Ismail, is no longer on the Irish or British medical registers.

He left Sligo General Hospital shortly after Sally’s death and the coroner and other officials were unable to contact him to give evidence at the inquest.

Widower Sean Rowlette, from Dromore West, Co Sligo, and his legal advisers believe Dr Ismail is in Saudi Arabia or his birth country, Sudan. They are still trying to locate him as a possible witness in a future civil action.

Other doctors, including Ireland’s leading child-birth expert Dr Peter Boylan, told the inquest that Dr Ismail was in error when he didn’t instruct Sally to report to hospital two weeks early for her baby, Sally Jr, to be induced.

The inquest jury — which returned a medical misadventure verdict — heard Dr Ismail failed to act on warnings in Sally’s medical records that she suffered from HELLP syndrome, a high blood pressure illness, when she gave birth to her second child.

She died, a day after giving birth to her fourth child, from a brain haemorrhage as a result of suffering from HELLP syndrome.

Before he moved to Sligo Regional Hospital, Dr Ismail was a junior doctor in paediatric medicine at St Munchin’s Maternity Hospital, Limerick.

Meanwhile, Mr Mac-Sharry has put down an adjournment motion in the Senate.

He wants Mr Varadkar to attend and outline what, if any, procedures are being followed to prevent a consultant physician from practising unsupervised as a senior consultant in obstetrics or any other discipline when they have previously been at the centre of settled medical negligence allegations.

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