Oxford ophthalmologist sentenced to 14 months in prison over treatment of patient
Oxford, UK – A UK-based ophthalmosurgical school has been sentenced to a total of 14 months and nine months in jail for treating a patient with the Zika virus, the UK’s highest court said on Wednesday.
The Court of Appeal in London said that Dr David Marder, the head of the University of Oxford’s Ophthalmology department, failed to comply with guidelines that required him to have “complete confidence” in a patient.
Marder’s actions “took the patient’s health and safety into account” and that meant that “the university’s conduct was not fit for purpose”, it added.
On Wednesday, Marders lawyer, Simon Woodcock, told the High Court that the judge had made “a strong case” that Marderr was negligent and “abandoned” his duty of care and breached the law.
“This is a significant ruling, and is a clear case that Mr Mardery breached the statutory duty of confidentiality and breached his duty to act in the best interests of the patient,” Woodcock said.
In February, the High Street bank said it was suspending some of its customer accounts with Marderman, citing concerns about the health of the doctor.
He had not yet responded to a request for comment on Wednesday night.
Oxford is the only UK university that treats patients with Zika virus.
Last month, Oxford University and Oxford Ophthalmologists Society said they were suspending the doctor’s contract.
After he left the university in February, Merenguee, a British citizen, was sent home after testing positive for the virus in his home country of Colombia.
Zika virus: What you need to know about itA virus that causes fever and rash, Zika is transmitted through mosquito bites.
It is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito and is most commonly spread by an infected person who has sex with an infected partner.
The disease is spread through direct contact with the infected person’s blood or saliva, vaginal secretions, semen or feces.WHO has warned that more than 1.6 million cases of the virus have been reported globally since February, with many deaths.