An inquiry into a hospital doctor accused of reading an x-ray upside down and other misconduct allegations in Portlaoise’s hospital has been halted as the medic claims he cannot return to Ireland.
The Medical Council is investigating Dr Vincent Osunkwo who, it is also claimed, tried to cut open a patient’s hand with a scalpel in order to insert a tube during his time at the Midland’s Regional Hospital Portlaoise in 2009.
However, the Fitness to Practice inquiry into 13 allegation of misconduct and or poor practice has had to be delayed because of his non attendance.
Dr Osunkwo is understood to be in his native Nigeria. He has not responded to contact since July 2013.
The charges relate to March and April 2009 when he worked as a junior doctor in Portlaoise. Dr Osunkwo is also alleged to have told a colleague that scans on a patient’s kidneys were “fine” when there were multiple abnormal masses.
Dr Osunkwo claims he has been refused a visa to enter Ireland and so cannot defend himself.
Inquiry Chair Declan Carey adjourned the hearing to see if Dr Osunkwo give evidence through video conferencing.