Sick Kids doctor guilty of serious misconduct

A senior children's doctor at the Sick Kid's Hopsital has been found guilty of serious misconduct. Picture: Rob McDougall
A senior children's doctor at the Sick Kid's Hopsital has been found guilty of serious misconduct. Picture: Rob McDougall
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A senior children’s doctor has been found guilty of serious misconduct for ‘potentially life-threatening’ failings in his treatment of three young patients.

Dr Kiran Patwardhan, who worked as a consultant in paediatric intensive care before being moved to a role as a general consultant following the blunders, admitted to making mistakes in the care of three youngsters in the summer of 2011.

The doctor, who was previously sanctioned by the General Medical Council in 2006 for groping a nurse at an English hospital, left a 15 month old baby “close to death” when complications arose during a procedure to remove a breathing tube, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has heard.

A two week-old baby also could have died during during a transfer between Glasgow and Edinburgh due to mistakes made by Dr Patwardhan regarding a breathing tube, had an experienced nurse not taken control of the situation.

Chairman Professor Denis McDevitt said: “You have admitted and the panel has found proved failures relating to poor communication, inadequate leadership and lack of clarity in decision making.

“The panel considers that your actions in all three of the incidents in 2011 put patients at risk and that, without your colleagues acting as they did, there could have been serious consequences.

“It has taken into account that you have been a consultant in paediatric intensive care for 13 years.”

But David Morris, representing Dr Patwardhan, told the panel that the doctor posed no risk to patients and to impose a practise ban would be “bizarre”.

He said there had been “no clinical concerns” raised in the 18 months since he took on the new job.

Robin Kitching, for the General Medical Council (GMC), told the panel that because of the seriousness of the doctor’s failings the minimum sanction should be a period of conditional registration to restrict and monitor his work.

He said: “The reason the GMC’s submission is framed in the way that it is, is to reflect the seriousness of the facts found proved in this case, but also perhaps to recognise the importance of insight.”