A hospital doctor based in Portlaoise, Co Laois, has failed to attend a Medical Council fitness to practise inquiry into an allegation against him.

In his absence, the inquiry found that Mirghany El-Mana failed to comply with a High Court order attaching conditions to his continued registration as a doctor, following a previous Medical Council inquiry in 2010, which found him guilty on four counts of professional misconduct.

It followed a complaint by a Health Service Executive manager.

After that inquiry, Dr El-Mana was required to undertake a course in professionalism and forward a copy of the results within six months.

Today's inquiry has heard that Dr El-Mana supplied a certificate of completion of a course in March 2012 after the deadline.

The fitness to practise committee will make a recommendation on sanction to a full meeting of the Medical Council at a later date.

Dr El-Mana is a specialist registrar and has worked in a number of hospitals, including Louth County, Letterkenny, Beaumont and most recently at the Midland Regional in Tullamore.