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Eye surgeon who worked in Isle of Man struck off by GMC

A doctor who worked in the Isle of Man has been struck off by the UK General Medical Council (GMC).

Dr Adolf Poellmann was employed by the Manx Department of Health for a cataract surgery waiting list initiative from November 2007 to 2008.

The GMC found his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct and deficient professional performance.

The panel found the consultant's performance was below what would be expected for a junior doctor.

The areas of unacceptable performance included working within law and regulations and emergency treatment.

The GMC also found Dr Poellmann's performance was unacceptable in the areas of assessing patients' conditions, providing or arranging investigations, providing or arranging treatment, record keeping and communicating with patients.

'Dangerous lack of insight'

The panel said the surgeon had not undertaken any training since undergoing a performance assessment and that he had denied any serious problems with his practice.

"It considers that this demonstrates a dangerous lack of insight on Dr Poellmann's part as to the extremely serious deficiencies in his professional performance," it added.

It concluded: "The panel is in no doubt that Dr Poellmann presents a clear, significant and, in the light of his persistent and dangerous lack of insight, continuing risk to patient safety.

"Accordingly, the panel found that Dr Poellmann's actions are fundamentally incompatible with his continuing to be a registered doctor."

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