Kildare GP faces Medical Council fitness to practice inquiry

Tuesday 19 February 2013 18.02
The Medical Council received complaints from K Doc
The Medical Council received complaints from K Doc

A Naas GP is facing a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry arising from her work at K Doc, an out-of-hours emergency GP service covering Kildare.

Dr Aoife Kavanagh is facing allegations of professional misconduct or poor professional performance.

The committee has agreed to strike out five allegations of professional misconduct.

It followed an application by Charles Meenan, SC for Dr Kavanagh, that five allegations could not succeed on the basis of the findings of the expert report prepared for the Medical Council, which said the matters did not amount to professional misconduct.

The committee said it wishes to proceed to hear the evidence in relation to the two other allegations.

It is also alleged that Dr Kavanagh dealt with patients or colleagues in an inappropriate manner.

The allegations claim that when complaints were raised, she failed to respond to them in a timely fashion.

The complaints to the Medical Council were made by K Doc and cover the years 2005-2010.

None of the complaints were made by patients.

Barrister Patrick Leonard for the Medical Council said that relations between Dr Kavanagh and the management of K Doc have not been good for a considerable time.

The inquiry has heard that Dr Kavanagh felt so aggrieved at what was going on in K Doc, that in late 2006 she wrote to K Doc recommending that everything be referred to the Medical Council.

A K Doc disciplinary committee later decided that no action should be taken against her.

The fitness to practise inquiry has adjourned until tomorrow.