Doctor made a series of blunders while operating on women in Darlington Memorial Hospital (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Doctor made a series of blunders while operating on women in Darlington Memorial Hospital
A GYNAECOLOGIST who made a string of mistakes while operating on women at a North-East hospital is to have his work closely monitored for a year.
Dr Benjamin Ononeze was told that his actions while working at Darlington Memorial Hospital between February and April 2011 fell below the standards expected of a reasonably competent doctor.
The doctor, who is not currently employed, described a woman’s uterus as "like cheesecake and breaking into bits" after he removed it in an "inappropriate" procedure when an operation to remove an ovarian cyst went wrong.
He also admitted causing a "traumatic and unnecessary" instrumental delivery of a baby when a caesarean was called for and incorrectly removing an ovary from a woman during a hysterectomy, despite previously agreeing not to touch it.
The medic also left a swab inside a patient after an outpatient procedure, which was not discovered until a month later.
A Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service hearing, sitting in Manchester, found that Dr Ononeze’s actions amounted to misconduct.
Panel chairman Dr Clive Richards told the medic: “The panel considers that it is very fortunate that neither patient suffered lasting harm as a result of your actions.
“The panel considers that your actions taken as a whole fell seriously below the standards expected of a reasonably competent consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist.
“The panel recognises that obstetrics and gynaecology is a specialty where doctors often have to act under pressure and can make mistakes, but your mistakes were a result of poor assessment of the clinical needs of the patient, poor communication with colleagues, and an inability to recognise when you had made an error.”
The panel ruled that a 12 month period of conditional registration would protect the public and allow the doctor to improve his skills.
Dr Ononeze must abide by 14 conditions, which restrict his practice and keep him closely monitored by the GMC.
Dr Richards said: “The imposition of conditions must be sufficient to meet the concerns raised by the panel, particularly those regarding patient safety arising from the risk of repetition.”
Dr Ononeze was employed as a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology by the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust from January 2005 and worked at the private BMI Woodlands Hospital, in Darlington.
He will face a review hearing before the end of the period of conditional registration to prove he is fit to return to unrestricted practice.