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Former Sligo doctor guilty of professional misconduct

An obstetrician who worked at Sligo University Hospital has been found guilty on 17 counts of poor professional performance and three of professional misconduct by the Medical Council.

Dr Andrea Hermann faced allegations in relation to the care of six patients during 2013 and 2014.

The council also found Dr Hermann had failed to tell the hospital when she was interviewed for her post that she was required to undergo retraining and supervision, following a previous Council inquiry.

It said this showed a serious lack of candour by Dr Hermann with the council and Sligo hospital.

RTÉ reported that the council said she failed to comply with an order of the High Court and her behaviour had been disgraceful and dishonourable and was professional misconduct.

The fitness-to-practise committee heard that Dr Hermann made a number of errors in relation to patients.

In the case one patient - Patient A - the committee found that Dr Hermann had made an abnormal surgical incision during a caesarean section.

She also failed to check if a coil for the purposes of contraception was still in place in the case of Patient C, who later became pregnant.

Dr Hermann also gave a blood-thinning drug to Patient D who was already at risk of heaving bleeding.

She was found to have displayed poor surgical skill in closing up the uterus after a C-section for Patient E.

Dr Hermann was found guilty of poor professional performance with regard to the patient care allegations.

The report of the fitness-to-practise committee will now go to the full Medical Council.

It will determine any sanction that might apply.

Dr Hermann, who qualified in Germany, did not attend the inquiry.

She was legally represented for the opening of the proceedings.

The committee said today that after the inquiry concluded on 2 December, the council received an email from Dr Hermann.

It received a second email on 11 December complaining about the process.

The FTPC chairman, Michael Ryan said the committee was not minded to alter its decisions.

Previous Inquiry

Dr Hermann, who qualified in Germany, had worked in the Galway Clinic up to 2009. She was the subject of a previous Medical Council inquiry in 2009 and 2010.

The council had then recommended that she be suspended from June 2010-June 2011 and that certain conditions be attached to her registration, such as agreeing to certain supervision, once she began work again.

Dr Michael Ryan, chair of the inquiry, said Dr Hermann did not make a full and truthful disclosure about the conditions attached to her registration to the Sligo hospital. He said there was a “serious lack of candour” on her part to the hospital regarding her status with the Medical Council.

Dr Hermann’s legal representative, Gerard O’Donnell, read out a statement on her behalf at the beginning of the hearing, before going off record. In it, she said of the council: “It feels to me you are disappointed that I’m still alive.”

Mr O’Donnell said Dr Hermann admitted to the clinical allegations against her but did not admit to the allegations in relation to not disclosing the conditions attached to her registration to Sligo General Hospital, (now Sligo University Hospital).