Manea Doctor Banned

Doctor Daniel Ubani, the German doctor who killed a pensioner from Manea by giving him ten times the recommended levels of painkiller, has been banned from practising in the UK.

The General Medical Council came to the decision on Friday morning after a week-long hearing.

The 67 year old doctor was working for the out-of-hours firm Take Care Now.

He had flown into the Uk the day before and only had a few hours' sleep before starting a 12 hour on-call shift.

David Gray [pictured - right], who was 70, was suffering from kidney stones when he called the out of hours service on the 16th February 2008.

Doctor Ubani then gave him the massive dose of diamorphine.

Mr Gray died at his home near Ely a few hours later.

Doctor Ubani is however still able to practise in Germany, as the GMC's powers do not extend to other countries.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said: "The fitness to practise hearing in the case of Dr Ubani concluded today and the Panel determined that Dr Ubani should be erased from the medical register. 

On the general issue of doctors coming to work here from the European Union, the GMC remains extremely concerned that the current arrangements do not provide patients with the protection they need.

Patient safety must come first and we need to plug the gaping hole in our current procedures. 

As the guardian of standards for doctors working in this country, the GMC must be able to assess the language and clinical competence of doctors who come from Europe, as we already do for doctors coming from the rest of the world."

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