Brothers lose fight to get German locum who killed their father at Fenland home struck off

TWO brothers have lost their fight to have the German locum who killed their father at his home in a Fenland village struck off.

Stuart and Rory Gray fought for Dr Daniel Ubani to be banned from practising in his home country, but German health officials have said there are no grounds to withdraw his medical licence.

Dr Ubani was struck off by the General Medical Council in June this year after giving David Gray of Manea, suffering from kidney stones, a lethal dose of the painkiller diamorphine, on his first out-of-hours shift for Take Care Now in February 2008.

Volker Milk, head of health in Arnsberg, in Germany, said: “We didn’t decide that he is a good doctor, but we decided that he isn’t a danger for the public and therefore can continue working in Germany. There are no comparable incidents and therefore there was no reason for us to withdraw his licence.”

Stuart said: “Being a doctor myself, and listening to the evidence at the inquest, it is clear he is grossly incompetent and not fit to carry out his duties as a doctor and that has been supported by the GMC.

“How can some councillors decide he is fit to practise?”

His brother said: “It is very, very sinister. These people in Arnsberg must have a reason. They have chosen to take a risk with lives of the innocent German population.

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“I don’t see how it’s possible considering he worked for one afternoon in Britain and he left a trail of destruction.”

Under current rules, doctors banned in one country can work in other European states but the Gray brothers have called for stricter controls of doctors working across borders, and the GMC has secured the backing of 26 regulators from EU countries for the tighter controls.

Niall Dickson, GMC chief executive, said the Gray brothers’ work was attributable to the tighter controls on foreign doctors.

Cambridgeshire Police wanted to prosecute Ubani for manslaughter earlier this year, but avoided extradition after he was given a suspended sentence after being convicted of death by negligence.

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