GMC was wrong to suspend obstetrician four years after baby died

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2612

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  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    An obstetrician has won a High Court ruling quashing a “flawed” General Medical Council decision that his fitness to practice was impaired in 2007 because of failings four years earlier when a baby died.

    The GMC panel found in October 2007 that Hassam Azzam, when a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at South Tyneside General Hospital in September 2003, was guilty of “inappropriate, inadequate, and irresponsible” conduct in failing to arrange the immediate delivery of a 19 year old woman’s baby after reading a “pathological” cardiotocography trace.

    The GMC also found Dr Azzam to have behaved irresponsibly in failing to attach a fetal scalp electrode, omitting to review the mother within 30 minutes, and failing to ensure that his replacement, who had come on duty, was aware of the seriousness of the situation.

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