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Barnsley Doctor To Have Work Supervised

Wednesday May 14 2014

Gary Newsome Gary Newsome

A DOCTOR who made 'significant failures' during a consultation with a patient who later died of a heart attack must have his work supervised.

Conditions have been imposed on Dr John Harban by the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service following the death of Gary Newsome, of Hartington Drive, Honeywell.

Dr Harban was visited by 50-year-old Gary on July 15, 2011, who complained of chest pains and shortness of breath. But this was not heard or recognised by the doctor and Gary was found dead at his home on July 19.

At an inquest last year, coroner Chris Dorries ruled there were 'significant failures' during the consultation.

Gary was overweight, smoked and suffered from diabetes and the coroner said there had been insufficiency both of enquiry of the patient and examination of him during the consultation.

Dr Harban, who worked at Lundwood Medical Centre, said he thought his patient was starting with a viral illness, and a developing condition, an obstruction of airways from the amount of cigarettes he was smoking.

He examined Gary on the basis of what Gary told him and sent him home without any treatment.
Gary phoned the surgery on July 18 and a note was made by a receptionist saying he couldn't breathe and had had chest pains during the previous four days.

Mr Dorries said he believed Dr Harban was seeking to do his best for Gary during the consultation, but that expert evidence suggested 'important things' had not been done.

He said Gary's condition was not diagnosed at a time when his life was likely to have been saved by hospital treatment.

Following a fitness to practise hearing, Dr Harban was told he must confine his medical practice to general practice, that his work must be supervised by a named GP and that he must seek a report from his supervisor for consideration by the panel which imposed the sanctions.

He must inform the General Medical Council (GMC) of any posts he accepts for which GMC registration is required and provide contact details of his employer; allow the GMC to exchange information with his employer; inform the GMC of any disciplinary proceedings taken against him and if he applies for medical employment outside the UK.

The conditions will expire on July 13, 2015.