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Doctor named in Hyponatraemia Inquiry removed from medical register

The launch of the report into the Hyponatraemia Inquiry by chairman Sir John O'Hara at The Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann

A DOCTOR who was named in the Hyponatraemia Inquiry into the deaths of five children in hospitals in Northern Ireland has been removed from the medical register.

Dr Robert Quinn had requested to be removed. His request was granted by the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal in a fitness to practice hearing.

Dr Quinn was involved in the care of 17-month-old Lucy Crawford who died at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children in 2000.

She had been initially treated in the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

The decision means that the doctor cannot practice in the UK. He will also not face professional charges.

Doctors' regulator, the General Medical Council (GMC), said it was disappointed by the decision.

"We are disappointed that the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal has allowed Dr Quinn's application for voluntary erasure, as we felt it was in the public interest for these allegations to be heard by the Tribunal in an open and transparent way", it said.

"The Tribunal's independent decision does mean the doctor will be removed from the register and they will not be able to practise medicine in the UK. "

The Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service makes independent decisions about a doctor's fitness to practice.

A lawyer for Dr Quinn told the hearing that the doctor had retired in 2006.

The GMC said it is continuing to investigate concerns about several doctors linked to the inquiry.

The deaths of five children: Adam Strain, Claire Roberts, Raychel Ferguson, Lucy Crawford and Conor Mitchell led to a 14-year search for the truth.

All the children died at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children between 1995 and 2003.

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