GP confronted over pensioner's death
Updated on 21 June 2010
As the sons of a pensioner accidently killed by an incompetent GP confront the doctor in Germany, Victoria Macdonald reports how the brothers are fighting to have him stopped practising in the rest of Europe.
Two brothers who confronted the doctor responsible for killing their father are fighting to have him prevented from practicing anywhere else in Europe.
Stuart and Rory Gray interrupted a speech being given by Dr Daniel Ubani in Germany at the weekend where he was promoting his cosmetic surgery clinic.
Stuart Gray, himself a GP, asked: "Why are you speaking here as if you were a competent doctor? Because you are not, Dr Ubani."
The German doctor was struck off the UK medical register on Friday. He had injected 70-year-old David Gray with 10 times the recommended dose of diamorphine when treating him for kidney stones. He died later that night.
Dr Ubani was working his first shift in Britain as a locum for an out-of-hours GP service when he made the fatal error.
At the Third International Congress for Aesthetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dental Medicine in Lindau, Germany, the brothers handed out a leaflet and papers detailing the GMC and coroners findings to conference delegates. Dr Ubani has taken out an injunction so the German media is prevented from reporting his case
Moments later Stuart Gray, who is himself a GP, was arrested, taken to a police cell and threatened with prison if he did not pay a 1,000 euro fine.
Dr Gray said he was physically and emotionally shattered by his ordeal.
But Channel 4 News has learned that the General Medical Council's attempts to make it a legal requirement to inform other states when a doctor is struck off failed because European ministers were concerned about data protection - about the privacy of the doctor.
Dr Gray was eventually released from the police cells after he was loaned the 1,000 euros and he is now waiting to hear whether he will be fined.