Sonographer struck off for incompetence

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A sonographer who reportedly fell on the stomach of a pregnant woman has been removed from the U.K. medical register after a tribunal, according to a report published in the Daily Mail newspaper on 25 March.

During a pregnant patient's 20-week scan, Senu Sejoro is said to have "belly flopped" onto the woman's stomach. He then used the patient to get back to his feet, according to Sejoro's line manager, who saw the incident while watching the clinic on Skype. The patient asked for a different radiographer on her next appointment, the article noted.

On another occasion, Sejoro made "umming" and "ahhing" noises during a scan. The patient reportedly left the appointment in tears because she was so concerned something was wrong.

Sejoro's line manager had concerns about his performance from the start of his six-month probationary shift at Burnley General Hospital and Royal Blackburn Hospital in April 2015. For every three patients that Sejoro scanned, his colleagues could complete 10 to 12 scans, according to the Daily Mail report.

The line manager provided Sejoro with an action plan to improve his performance before placing him on a performance management plan. In June, a formal hearing was held regarding his performance, and he was terminated in July. He had previously been let go by the East Lancashire Hospitals National Health Service (NHS) Trust.

A Health and Care Professions Tribunal found six professional conduct charges against Sejoro. A tribunal spokesperson told the Daily Mail that the sonographer didn't say what improvements he would make to become a safe and competent radiographer or sonographer.

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