Saturday, August 21, 2010
Court bans German medical authorities from investigating Nigerian doctor
A German national of Nigerian origin doctor who killed a British patient is unlikely to be struck off in Germany because the medical authorities have been banned from investigating him. Dr Daniel Ubani was due to appear before a fitness-to-practice hearing, where he would have been forced to take a competency exam. However, the administrative court in Meunster ruled that Ubani’s fate should be decided by his local authority employers, rather than the Physician’s Chamber. It is understood that the local government in Arnsberg, near Ubani’s home town of Witten in northern Germany does not plan to take the matter further. Ubani, 67, now faces a disciplinary hearing, but he can only be fined and cannot be removed from the medical register. Rory Gray, whose father David was given a fatal overdose of drugs by Ubani during his first out-of-hours shift in Cambridgeshire in February 2008, said he was stunned by the decision.