A doctor accused of lying about drilling a hole into a patient’s skull will have to wait five more days to discover the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.
Dr Mazhar Igbal was working for NHS Grampian in 2015 and was accused of performing the procedure – known as a VP shunt tap – and then denying he had done so.
The case was referred by the General Medical Council to the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) and a hearing began in Manchester on Monday.
It is expected to conclude on Tuesday, when Dr Igbal will learn if the MPTS panel finds any of the allegations proved.
Dr Iqbal has not yet had an opportunity to say if he accepts or denies the allegations.
He is accused of performing a VP shunt tap on a patient “on one or more occasions” on August 7 2015 and of providing a statement through NHS Grampian’s significant event analysis procedure in which he failed to disclose that he had performed the procedure.
It is also alleged that, when Dr Iqbal was interviewed on December 14 2015 as part of an investigation into the incident on August 7, he “denied that one or more attempts at the procedure had taken place when he knew that was untrue”.
He is accused of acting dishonestly and thereby of misconduct.
A VP shunt tap is a procedure used to treat hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid on the brain that mainly affects babies and elderly people.
Making an incision into the skull allows for the fluid to drain and relieves the pressure. It can be used to diagnose the condition of a patient before treatment.
If the allegations are proved, the panel could take any of several courses of action, including removing Dr Iqbal from the register.
An NHS Grampian spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the scheduled proceedings.
“It would be inappropriate to comment in advance of the hearings.”