Doctor’s Fitness to Practise Found Not Impaired

Stephen Hooper represented an Associate Specialist in Anaesthetics who faced a number of charges relating to his care of a patient and alleged failures to assist colleagues. The case focused on the care provided to a female patient who attended a private clinic to have a cervical smear performed under sedation, suffered a fit and was transferred to A&E, where she made a full recovery.  The case also considered allegations of the doctor having failed to assist colleagues when asked to do so.  The matter was considered by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal (MPT) in Manchester over a period of almost 4 weeks, and culminated in the doctor’s fitness to practise being found not to be impaired.  The case concluded with the imposition of a warning on the doctor’s registration, and he is now free to practise without restriction.