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Blackburn doctor faces probe over baby death
AN inexperienced doctor involved in the delivery of twins, where one later died from complications arising from the birth, is set to face a professional watchdog.
Dr Olufemi Dina is accused of working in breach of conditions on his registration while employed as a locum at Royal Blackburn Hospital.
An inquest, which ended in February 2012, heard that Dr Dina had been involved in the delivery of twins Lien and Arron Almond.
But Arron died from complications caused by the breech birth, in September 2010, and it later emerged that Dr Dina should have been supervised during the procedure by a more senior consultant.
Blackburn Coroner’s Court was told that while Lien was delivered successfully, Arron’s head was stuck for 20 minutes and he was deprived of oxygen. He died just under three weeks later from his injuries.
An expert witness, Dr Gerald Mason, said at the inquest that the management of the delivery ‘fell way below’ the expected standard.
An inquiry by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust later found the death was ‘unfortunate and unavoidable’ but coroner Michael Singleton said their report was ‘self-congratulatory’. The baby’s parents, Natalya and Neil Almond, of Duxbury Street, Darwen, were furious when Mr Singleton recorded an accidental verdict in relation to the death.
The couple believed a ‘catalogue of errors’ by the doctor and hospital trust should have prompted a narrative verdict.
Dr Dina, who qualified in Nigeria in 2003, is now set to face a seven-day hearing before the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service in Manchester from January 20.
The doctor is accused of not complying with various conditions on his registration while working as a locum.
He is further charged with being ‘misleading and dishonest’ when he is said to have informed the General Medical Council about his locum position.