The Island’s leading gynaecologist has been prevented from working since the death of Elizabeth Rourke during a routine operation 2½ years ago. During that time, he has been suspended on full pay and two locums have been employed to cover his position.
He has not faced any criminal proceedings, was not asked to give evidence at the manslaughter trial of a doctor accused of killing Mrs Rourke and has not faced any formal disciplinary hearings.
Mr Day was not in theatre at the time of the death in October 2006, but the operation was conducted by his department. Locum registrar Dr Dolores Moyano Ontiveros was cleared of manslaughter in January after complications developed during the operation.
Next week in the States, Deputy Bob Hill will be questioning Health Minister Anne Pryke about Mr Day’s suspension, how much it has cost the public and why Mr Day was not asked to give evidence during the manslaughter trial of locum Dr Moyano.