Monday, April 9, 2012

Why Facebook must ban all doctors

A surgeon accused of malpractice over the death of a patient joked about 'slaughtering the innocent' on Facebook.

Brendan O'Riordan, 52, wrote on the social networking site: 'Back and causing chaos. Been on call this week. Been in theatre this week slaughtering the innocent'.

The remark shocked patients and 'disgusted' Liz Antoniazzi, whose husband Johnnie died while under the supervision of Dr O'Riordan at West Wales General Hospital last December.

Mr Antoniazzi was admitted to the Carmarthen hospital after suffering broken ribs during a traffic accident. He died four weeks later after developing a blocked bowel, bedsores and an infection. Dr O'Riordan was the consultant in charge of his care.