Dermatologist defends his treatment of patient
A dermatologist, facing more than 100 allegations of professional misconduct and or poor professional performance, told a fitness-to-practise committee yesterday that in other jurisdictions he would “never have ended up in front of a medical council”.
He accused JP McDowell, solicitor for the Medical Council, of “making a mountain out of a molehill”, in relation to allegations about his treatment of a skin cancer patient.
Dr Adam Jacobus Smith (65), of the Whitfield Clinic, Waterford, is facing allegations in connection with his treatment of 12 patients.
Seven of the allegations relate to his treatment of Patient G between November 2007 and May 2008. Dr Smith removed a growth on the woman’s leg in November and sent it for tests. The histology report, returned in January, showed there were cancer cells on the margins of the tissue he had removed. The doctor did not see the woman again until May when he discharged her from his care.
Yesterday, on the 26th day of hearings in the case, Dr Smith said the treatment he gave was “adequate and of good standards”.
The hearing continues.