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Registrar who left emergency department while pregnant woman was in cardiac arrest is struck off after showing no “convincing remorse”

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 25 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5717
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A locum registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology who left the emergency department while a pregnant patient was in cardiac arrest has been struck off the UK medical register after failing for a third time to convince a tribunal of his remorse.

A medical practitioners tribunal in 2017 found that Frederick Makoha had failed to respond in time to the patient’s symptoms or to perform an adequate examination. He had also failed to consult colleagues, to remain in the resuscitation room to support cardiopulmonary resuscitation, to provide effective treatments based on the best available evidence, or to take all possible steps to alleviate pain and distress.

The 37 year old patient, who had conceived through in vitro fertilisation and had a known history …

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