Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal yesterday convicted and suspended for six months, two doctors, Charles Ikeji and Terhembe Lan, for negligence and professional misconduct.
While standing trial, both doctors were already serving months of suspension. Lan had been on suspension from medical practice since July last year while Ikeji had been on suspension for eight months
Reading out the sentence on the convicted doctors, the tribunal Chairman, Prof. Abba Hassan, said although its decision was in accordance with the Act of medical and dental practitioners, the tribunal which ought to have struck out the names of both convicted doctors from the list of registered doctors in the country due to gross negligence, however, made several considerations before reaching a decision to sentence them to six months suspension.
He said: “Medical negligence often involves loss of life. The punishment, when convicted, could be as lenient as six months’ suspension from medical practice or outright de-registration of such person. However, we considered the plea of the defence counsel and other factors before we arrived at the decision to suspend the doctors for six months each.”
Besides, two other cases reported from the General Medical Council (GMC), United Kingdom, which was treated by the tribunal, 11 other doctors were listed on the cause list trial for different professional misconducts.
Culled from New Telegraph