Doctor faces allegations of misconduct following Dublin woman's death

Wednesday 15 January 2014 22.01
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A post-mortem examination found that Vicki Core died of community-acquired pneumonia
A post-mortem examination found that Vicki Core died of community-acquired pneumonia
The fitness to practise inquiry will consider 11 allegations of misconduct against Dr A
The fitness to practise inquiry will consider 11 allegations of misconduct against Dr A

A Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry has begun into a doctor over his care of a 20-year-old Tallaght woman, who died the day after he saw her in June 2007.

Dr A is facing 11 allegations of professional misconduct in relation to Vicki Core, including that the doctor made additions to his medical records after he became aware of her death.

Ms Core attended Dr A at a medical practice on 30 June, 2007. He diagnosed gastric flu and prescribed Motilium.

Ms Core later collapsed at home, and was taken to Tallaght Hospital by ambulance where she had a cardiac arrest and died the next day on 1 July, 2007.

A post-mortem examination found she died of community-acquired pneumonia.

The inquiry has asked that the doctor not be identified.

Barrister Neasa Bird, for the Medical Council's CEO, told the inquiry that when Ms Core saw Dr A on 30 June, she was very weak, had difficulty breathing, had palpitations and had to lie on the floor of the surgery and across chairs.

It is alleged that Dr A failed to carry out appropriate examinations, failed to arrange investigations or consider blood tests arranged by another doctor on 7 June 2007.

Ms Core's mother Maureen told the inquiry that her daughter had spent a year doing European studies at DIT Tallaght.

She decided to take a year out to train as a hairdresser and spent time in Spain, returning in October 2006. She worked in hairdressing in Dublin in 2007.

She said that at the end of May 2007 her daughter felt ill, was breathless with palpitations and another doctor arranged blood tests.

Ms Core said her daughter was not a smoker but had a slight cough.

She had been at work on 29 June, 2007 and had been complaining of vomiting and was sent home.

She attended Dr A the next day.

Vicki Core was one of six children to Maureen and Thomas Core.

The Medical Council's inquiry will resume tomorrow.