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Dr Richard KAUL GMC Hearing

Dr Richard KAUL GMC Hearing

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Date of Professional Conduct Committee Hearing: 30 May 2002Name of respondent doctor: Kaul, Ricard !r"unNum#er on Register:32$03%&Registered 'ualifications: M( () *$%% +ondPanel:Mr )a-Cairman.Dr !ndersonMs Hi##sDr HineDr Montgomery+egal !ssessor:Mr Da/id effreys 1CCommittee )ecretary:+inda 1uinn ype of Case: Con/iction -Resumed earing.Representation:MC:e Council as represented #y Mr !drian Der#ysire, Counsel, instructed #y 4ield 4iser 5aterouse, )olicitors to te CouncilDoctor: Dr Kaul as not present and as not represented6 Carge:7at you ere on 22 4e#ruary 200* in te Cron Court at Central Criminal Court con/icted of manslaugter6 8ou ere sentenced to si9 monts imprisonment, suspended for tel/e monts67Determination:n 22 4e#ruary 200* at te Central Criminal Court Dr Kaul as con/icted #y a "ury of te offence of manslaugter and sentenced to si9 monts imprisonment suspended for tel/e monts6 e #asic circumstances leading up to is con/iction ere:*6 n $ Marc *$$$ a patient, Mrs (, underent dental treatment at a dental practice e oned at * (alls Pond Road, +ondon N*6 e treatment as to #e carried out #y a dentist, o as also medically 'ualified, ile Dr Kaul;s function as to administer intra/enous sedation to Mrs (, and e did so626 !t te end of te treatment Mrs ( suffered a cardiac arrest6 )e did not regain consciousness and died in ospital on *< Marc *$$$6
36 e cause of deat as gi/en #y te patologist as *a. ypo9ic #rain in"ury *#. asystolic cardiac arrest during anaestetic6=6 e ypo9ic #rain in"ury and te cardiac arrest ere caused #y Dr Kaul;s failure ade'uately to monitor Mrs (;s #lood o9ygen le/el ic ad fallen during er treatment6 is failure amounted to gross negligence6>t is clear tat Mrs ( as ea/ily sedated6 !part from te need for te careful monitoring of any patient ile under suc sedation, tere as a need for additional care in te case of Mrs ( #ecause se suffered from a degree of o#esity6 e con/iction demonstrates tat Dr Kaul failed ade'uately to monitor Mrs (;s condition, it te tragic conse'uences tat folloed6 >ndeed, despite is denial of responsi#ility at is trial, Dr Kaul as said in documents su#mitted to te Committee:?n te $ Marc *$$$ > ad a duty of care to Mrs (6 > as grossly negligent in deli/ering tat duty and as a result Mrs ( died6 > accept full and total responsi#ility for my actions tat day and accept itout reser/ation te guilty /erdict deli/ered on 22 4e#ruary 200* at te Central Criminal Court6@?> ould also liAe to apologise to te profession for not maintaining te standards tat are to #e e9pected of its mem#ers6 >n #ea/ing te ay tat > did on $ Marc > #rougt te profession into disrepute and for tat > am deeply sorry6@ e Committee a/e considered te full transcript of te trial  "udge;s summing up and are no fully aare of te circumstances ic o#tained in te practice at te material time6 e Committee a/e also taAen into account Dr Kaul;s apology to te family of Mrs (, is e9pressions of remorse and te se/eral testimonials from doctors and patients to is oterise competence and good caracter6 e Committee a/e #orne in mind teir o/erriding duty to protect te pu#lic interest #y preser/ing pu#lic trust in te profession and maintaining ig standards of conduct as ell as protecting mem#ers of te pu#lic6 e Committee a/e also #alanced te need to protect te pu#lic interest in tis ay against te conse'uences of any order tat ould pre/ent Dr Kaul from continuing to practise6 e circumstances of Dr Kaul;s con/iction of te offence of manslaugter demonstrated not only gross negligence on is part #ut a gra/e departure from te standards ic te pu#lic as a rigt to e9pect of mem#ers of te medical profession, as Dr Kaul imself acAnoledges6  e Committee are satisfied tat neiter conditions nor a furter period of suspension from practice ould #e sufficient to meet te

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