Inquiry launched into doctor over care of patients at Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgA doctor who worked as a Senior House Officer at the Letterkenny General Hospital emergency department is facing a Medical Council inquiry regarding her care of six patients.Dr Niveen Al-Khayyat is facing allegations of professional misconduct and or poor professional performance in relation to events between January and July 2015 at Letterkenny.The inquiry is examining alleged failures in providing safe medical care, in making diagnoses, in documenting treatment plans and in communications with colleagues. RTE reports that it is also alleged Dr Al-Khayyat caused pain to a patient during a diagnosis.Dr Al-Khayyat was born in 1960 and qualified in medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1986.She is a Jordanian citizen with an address in Amman and is representing herself at the inquiry via phone link.The six patients will not be identified by name at the inquiry. The inquiry has heard that Dr Al-Khayyat worked at the emergency department between 3 February and 12 July 2015.Barrister Lorna Lynch for the Medical Council chief executive said events began when Dr Al-Khayyat made a complaint about four consultants at Letterkenny General alleging unprofessional behaviour and discrimination.On investigation, these complaints were not upheld by the Medical Council.In an opening statement today, Dr Al-Khayyat claimed she had been discriminated against and subject to humiliation at Letterkenny.She said her complaint to Letterkenny on the issues was not dealt with. Dr Al-Khayyat said she had experience in obstetrics and gynaecology and came to Ireland to get further experience, and Letterkenny Hospital knew she had no experience in emergency medicine.She said she was badly treated by Letterkenny and also criticised the Medical Council for the way it has dealt with her case.The inquiry is scheduled to last eight days.Inquiry launched into doctor over care of patients at Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:doctordonegalinquiryLetterkenny University Hospitallast_img read more