Former Letterkenny General Doctor guilty of professional misconduct

A former Letterkenny General Hospital Doctor who fraudulently obtaining a refund for an old laptop which he claimed was new, has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

Dr Alabi Emmanuel Gbadebo was before a Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry yesterday.

He was also found to have concealed his pending trial for the fraud from the HSE in Letterkenny and to have failed to notify the HSE after the trial that he had been convicted.

Dr Alabi pleaded guilty on September 28th, 2010, and was sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for two years.  In the meantime Dr Alabi had been contracted to work in Letterkenny General Hospital.

Patrick Murray, hospital HR manager, said he gave the doctor a number of declaration forms on August 20th, 2010, advising they should be signed in the presence of a solicitor.

Among the declarations he signed was that he faced no Garda investigation or trial.

On October 5th Mr Murray got a call from the local Garda station and told Dr Alabi was convicted of an offence in Cork at the end of September.

Mr Murray called Dr Alabi to a meeting on October 12th where he admitted it and apologised profusely and sought leniency.

His contract was ended due to the “significant breach of trust”.

The committee found three allegations were “proven as to fact” and each amounted to professional misconduct.