A doctor at the centre of a Medical Council inquiry has sought an adjournment in order to see the outcome of a reported review by the Health Service Executive.

Earlier, the inquiry resumed into the doctor, who was involved in the case of baby Mark Molloy. The Fitness to Practise committee previously directed that the doctor not be identified.

Baby Mark died 22 minutes after his birth at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on 24 January 2012.

Dr 'A' was a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology and is facing allegations of professional misconduct and/or poor professional performance.

Among the allegations are that Dr 'A' failed to review the cardiotocograph adequately and failed to correctly interpret the CTG as being abnormal.

Baby Mark's parents, Roísín and Mark Molloy from Killeigh, Co Offaly, were at today's hearing, which was day five of the inquiry, following previous sittings in November.

Today, the inquiry heard about field safety notices issued in November 2009 and June 2010 by Philips, the makers of a cardiotocograph (CTG) machine at Portlaoise.

Frank Beatty SC, for the council, said the notice of 8 November 2009 was termed a recall but was not a recall of the equipment.

He said there were known inherent limitations to the technology and the safety notice raised the higher frequency of inaccuracies in the equipment.

But he said that Philips did not see a need to stop using the CTG machine at the time.

It also advised that staff be made aware of the issues.

A further notice issued on 20 June 2010 from Philips said that staff should not solely rely on the CTG trace and should independently check the heart rate.

Mr Beatty also said there are news reports that the Health Service Executive is investigating certain foetal monitors in Portlaoise, but the council knew nothing more about this than what is being reported in the media.

He said the Medical Council inquiry should proceed.

Mr Beatty said that the view of the council's independent medical expert is that these latest matters have no bearing on the allegations against Dr A.

Dr A requested an adjournment in order to see the outcome of this reported review.

However, Mr Beatty said he did not know if the review is about to happen, or how long it would take.

He said the view of the Council’s chief executive is that any HSE review does not impact on this inquiry.

Mr Beatty said that if an adjournment was granted to Dr A by the Fitness to Practise Committee, that it should be for the purpose of him obtaining legal advice.

The Fitness to Practise Committee asked lawyers for the inquiry to try to establish if there is a HSE review and its likely timeframe.

Mr Beatty told the inquiry that he has been informed by the HSE that it is conducting a 'precautionary risk assessment', to establish actions taken in all of the hospitals concerned, regarding the safety notice issued by Philips. 

He said it was not an investigation.

Mr Beatty said he was informed that it is not possible to give a time frame, but the HSE indicated that it hoped it would be a short process. 

The inquiry resumes tomorrow.