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Findings in Aziz case due tomorrow

Wednesday, 17th May, 2017 4:35pm

Findings in Aziz case due tomorrow

Dr Salah Aziz Ahmed.

Consultant obstetrician, Dr Salah Aziz Ahmed, who worked at Cavan General Hospital for a number of years, is the subject of the hearing, which has sat for 22 days since November 2016.
Dr Aziz denies allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct in relation to the care he provided to three birthing women between 2012 and 2014.
The patients were referred to throughout the inquiry as Patient A, B and C - though patient B, Deirdre Clarke, agreed to be named.
Patient A’s and Patient’s C’s baby boys died, while Ms Clarke’s baby boy was born in critical condition.
It was indicated at the start of Monday’s sitting that any factual findings in relation to the allegations would be announced by the afternoon.
But cross-examination of Dr Nóirín Russell, as well as closing submissions by Lorna Lynch, BL, for the CEO of the Medical Council, and Eileen Barrington, BL, for Dr Aziz, meant any findings were delayed.
Any factual findings are now due to be announced tomorrow (Thursday), May 18, and any findings in relation to poor professional performance and/or professional misconduct are expected on May 30.
On Monday, consultant obstetrician Dr Russell, expert witness for Dr Aziz, gave evidence in relation to Patient C whose baby boy was delivered stillborn after an emergency caesarean section on April 26, 2014.
During surgery, it was discovered Patient C had suffered from her third placental abruption, a condition in which the placenta separates from the uterus, depriving the baby of blood and oxygen.
But Dr Russell, from Cork University Maternity Hospital, said a diagnosis of placental abruption for Patient C is clear only in hindsight.
“It’s very clear retrospectively this was placental abruption but it wasn’t clear at the time,” Dr Russell said.
She said she wasn’t sure whether an earlier delivery of Patient C’s baby would have made a difference.
The inquiry previously heard that Patient A’s baby boy was born by emergency Caesarean section on November 22, 2012, but he died when he was 32 hours old. A coroner’s court later found the infant suffered extensive meconium aspiration as a result of hypoxic brain injury.
Ms Clarke’s baby boy was born in very poor condition on June 5, 2013, after her uterus ruptured. The paediatric team resuscitated him and he made an eventual recovery.
The inquiry resumes tomorrow.