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Medical Council inquiry into care of baby resumes

A Medical Council inquiry has resumed into ‘Dr A’ and his care of baby Mark Molloy at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise in 2012.

Baby Mark died shortly after birth on 24 January that year.

Among the seven allegations, it is alleged that ‘Dr A’ failed to properly review the CTG machine, which records the foetal heart rate.

‘Dr A’ is representing himself and denies the allegations.

Today the inquiry agreed that Northern Ireland-based obstetrician and gynaecologist Professor Jim Dornan would be asked to give evidence as Dr A’s witness.

The inquiry heard that Prof Dornan has not yet been contacted, to see if he is ready, able and willing to give evidence, as he is outside of the jurisdiction.

The inquiry has heard Prof Dornan was retained on behalf of the Health Service Executive for Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise and he reviewed the death of baby Mark.

His report has been presented to the inquiry.

The inquiry will now proceed today to hear from factual witnesses, including staff working at Portlaoise.

Legal submissions to have these staff members not identified are under way in private.

It is the sixth day of proceedings before the Fitness to Practise Committee, chaired by Professor Fidelma Dunne, a doctor, and joined by two lay members, Winifred Jeffers and Una Marren.

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