Doctor's training key, court told

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 October, 2007, 12:00am

Doctor and former legislator Lam Kui-chun should not have performed radio-wave treatment if he hadn't received training, a lawyer for the Medical Council suggested at the Court of Appeal yesterday.

The court was hearing an appeal by Dr Lam, a hepatologist of 20 years standing, who was found guilty by the council in February of performing radio frequency ablation, or RFA treatment, without adequate training and inducing his patient to believe that he had the necessary experience.

Dr Lam is questioning the finding.

The patient, Lo Tai, 68, died in Queen Mary Hospital 15 days after receiving her treatment from Dr Lam.

Adrian Huggins SC, representing Dr Lam, had told the court that it would be inappropriate for the council to find Dr Lam guilty when the council had not defined what the proper training was.

However, Clive Grossman SC, acting for the council, said the treatment Dr Lam had performed was complicated; he was not a registered radiotherapist and had not received related training; and as such he should not have performed the treatment.

The council struck Dr Lam's name off the medical register for six months but the sentence was suspended for two years.

Appeal judges Mrs Justice Doreen Le Pichon, Mr Justice Michael Lunn and Mr Justice Anthony Rogers reserved judgment.