A Dublin based doctor who failed to carry out an ECG test on a patient with chest pains who died a few days later has had a finding of poor professional performance made against him, according to the Irish Independent.
According to the report, Dr Alhassan, who qualified as a doctor in Iraq in 1994 and has worked in Ireland since 2004, had contested the allegations of poor professional performance made on foot of a complaint from the patient’s widow, Annie Mannix.
Mr Mannix (56), a former gym instructor in the Air Corps who was working as a driver for the Korean Ambassador, died from a sudden heart attack at his home in Newcastle, Co Dublin, on November 19, 2016.
The Irish Medical Council’s fitness-to-practise committee heard there was a significant history of heart problems in his family, while he had also been on medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
Ms Mannix claimed he was only referred to the Hermitage Medical Clinic for a scope on his stomach, while Dr Alhassan maintains he had also provided a referral to the Beacon Hospital for a CT angiogram.
The fitness-to-practise committee found that Dr Ammar Alhassan had failed to carry out or arrange a test for Noel Mannix, who had returned to his clinic in November 2016 for a second time within a month with complaints of chest pains. It is reported that the committee chairperson, Marina Lynch, said it accepted the evidence of Ms Mannix whom she described as “a credible, careful and honest witness.” Ms Lynch said the findings represented a serious failure by Dr Alhassan to meet the standards of competence expected from a GP.
An expert witness, Dr Zachary Johnson, said not carrying out an ECG test represented a serious failure in the circumstances. “I would consider it the standard of care, particularly when someone comes back a second time with the same symptoms,” said Dr Johnson. He told the inquiry that Dr Alhassan should have prioritised investigations into cardiac issues over stomach problems.