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Locum Anaesthetist struck off by Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service

A Locum Anaesthetist has been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, following incidents at Leighton Hospital, Crewe, in February 2013 and at Worthing Hospital, Sussex, in April 2013.

Failed to Notice Oxygen Mask had Slipped

During the operation at Worthing Hospital, the Anaesthetist, Sebastian Fernando, failed to notice that a patient’s oxygen mask had slipped, causing her to turn blue. The incident at Leighton Hospital concerned a 72 year old patient undergoing a knee replacement. He suffered two cardiac arrests during the operation.

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The Argus, local newspaper for the Worthing area, reported that the tribunal panel’s chairman said: “The panel considers that the serious nature of Dr Fernando’s misconduct, his lack of insight and his continued denial of any wrongdoing clearly outweigh the single mitigating factor present in this case, namely the absence of any prior concerns about his practice.”

Seriously Deficient

He added that many aspects of Fernando’s care were “seriously deficient”, including “failure of clinical judgement, failure to make appropriate enquiries and to keep proper records, failure to choose appropriate doses of anaesthetic medication, failure to maintain a patient’s airway and, finally, his seeming inability to observe and respond to developing critical incidents for which he was responsible”.

Both Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust issued statements to local newspapers to the effect that they had acted promptly when aware of Mr Fernando’s actions and that these were isolated incidents.