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GMC rules Shetland physician fit to practice

Ken Graham
Image caption Dr Ken Graham appeared in front of a General Medical Council hearing

A consultant with NHS Shetland is to be allowed to continue practising, despite admitting a series of failings that contributed to the death of a patient.

Appearing at the General Medical Council, Dr Ken Graham, did not properly assess Eileen Peterson, 84, who died in 2005.

The 84-year-old, who had had pneumonia, was discharged by the doctor from the Gilbert Bain Hospital in Lerwick.

But after four days of evidence, the GMC decided he posed no risk.

It said that although there was no doubting the gravity of the consultant's failings, he had gone through what it called "a chastening learning experience" since it happened and in the past six years he had improved his own, and the hospital's standards of practice.

Dr Graham admitted that in addition to failing to properly assess Ms Peterson, he failed to prescribe appropriate medicine, and discharged her too early.

The GMC, meeting in Manchester, said Dr Graham should be allowed to resume unrestricted practice.

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