Former Medical Council President Faces Fitness To Practice Inquiry

A fitness to practice inquiry is meeting this morning to hear nine allegations of poor professional performance made against the former president of the Medical Council.

Dr Colm Quigley, consultant physician practising at Wexford General Hospital and The Ely Hospital at Ferrybank, Co Wexford, also formerly the president of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association, faces the allegations in relation to his treatment of an unnamed patient in 2009 and 2010.

It is understood that Patient X was referred to Dr Quigley on two occasions. Following the first, Dr Quigley never carried out any of the tests he reported to Patient X’s GP that he would. At the second referral, Dr Quigley allegedly made some “rudimentary notes” before prescribing Patient X a drug he was already taking.

Patient X later died of inoperable lung cancer.

The allegations of poor professional performance against Dr Quigley included that he failed to arrange for investigations to be carried out, failed to pursue investigations, failed to take any or adequate medical history or carry out any or adequate examination, and prescribed a drug when the same drug under a different brand name had already been prescribed for the patient.


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