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Medic in Dr Watt probe: GMC drops charges


Recall scandal: Dr Hany El-Naggar is reviewing patients for Belfast Trust

Recall scandal: Dr Hany El-Naggar is reviewing patients for Belfast Trust

Recall scandal: Dr Hany El-Naggar is reviewing patients for Belfast Trust

The organisation that regulates doctors across the UK has withdrawn a number of charges facing a medic who has been reviewing patients caught up in the neurology recall scandal.

Neurologist Dr Hany El-Naggar was appointed by the Belfast Health Trust to review former patients of Dr Michael Watt.

It subsequently emerged Dr El-Naggar was himself under investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC) in relation to a number of allegations dating back to 2016 when he was working at a hospital in Nottingham.

The GMC last night said it has withdrawn a number of charges, including the allegation that he “inappropriately disagreed with a radiologist’s findings that a scan showed a hyperdense left middle cerebral artery (HMCA)”, that he “overruled the opinion of the radiologist” and that he “arranged for it to be relayed” to a patient and their family that “thrombolysis is not recommended”.

It has also withdrawn an allegation that Dr El-Naggar “failed to attempt to resolve” the disagreement about the scan in that he did not try to discuss his differing findings with the on-call registrar doctors or discuss the possibility of the patient undergoing a CT scan.

A fitness to practise panel is due to examine a number of remaining charges next month, including that he did not identify that a scan showed a HMCA as a sign of stroke and that he “inappropriately withheld clinically indicated thrombolysis treatment” on July 23 and 24.

Thrombolysis is a clot-busting treatment given to people who have suffered an ischaemic stroke. They are the most common type of stroke and happen when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

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Thrombolysis helps to break down the clot and reduce the damage caused to the brain.

The Belfast Trust has previously said the ongoing fitness to practise probe into Dr El-Naggar’s work does not impact on the work he is carrying out in relation to the neurology recall.

It has said that patient safety remains its highest priority.

Dr El-Naggar specialises in epilepsy research and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, according to his Twitter account.

He is one of a number of locum doctors appointed by the Belfast Trust to examine former patients of Dr Watt.

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