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Friday, June 12, 1998 Published at 14:14 GMT 15:14 UK


Anaesthetist guilty of misconduct

Katie suffered heart attack minutes after being anaesthetised

An anaesthetist has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct after a 10-year-old girl died at a dentist's surgery.

Dr Tapas Kumar Basu was told by the General Medical Council that he failed to follow basic procedures in a routine operation on Katie Dougal in January 1996.

Katie, of Breaston, in Derbyshire, suffered a heart attack only minutes after being anaesthetised at a dental surgery in Long Eaton, Derbyshire.

Faulty equipment

She went to the dentist after breaking two front teeth in a playground accident the day before.

An inquest found that Dr Basu had gone ahead with the operation despite the fact that vital equipment monitoring carbon dioxide levels was not working properly.

South Derbyshire Health Authority said the operation should not have gone ahead and called for changes in the use of anaesthesia.

Professional misconduct

The GMC in London found that Dr Basu failed to react "adequately" to the emergency, did not use the correct monitors during the operation, and had not kept up to date with the latest developments in his field.

The chairman of the GMC's Professional Conduct Committee, Sir Herbert Duthie, said: "The committee have judged you guilty of serious professional misconduct in relation to the facts and have decided that for a period of three years your registration should be conditional on compliance with the following requirement.

"You should restrict your general anaesthetic practice to adults in a hospital setting."

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