A German doctor has lost an attempt to gag the two sons of a British patient he accidentally killed on his first out-of-hours shift in the UK, it was claimed last night.
A court in Kempten, Bavaria, in southern Germany, refused to grant Daniel Ubani an injunction against Rory and Stuart Gray, the sons of David Gray, who died in 2008 after Ubani gave him ten times the normal dose of diamorphine.
Ubani sought the injunction after the brothers confronted him at a medical conference in Germany, the day after he was struck off the medical register in the UK.
Stuart Gray, a GP in Old Hill, Worcestershire, said he had heard that the application to gag them had failed.
“It is a relief as well as a welcome result. It vindicates what Rory and I went and did in confronting Ubani,” he said.
The injunction would have prevented the brothers from mentioning that Ubani was found to have killed their father and banned them from telling others he was unfit to practise, Dr Gray said.
They would also have been banned from saying that Ubani should not give talks to medical professionals and from going within 200 metres of the doctor.
However, it is doubtful that it would have had any effect in Britain.
A Coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing in the inquest into the death of Mr Gray, from Manea, Cambridgeshire, and accused Ubani of gross negligence.
Ubani was given a suspended sentence in Germany for death by negligence but has still been able to practise there.
Dr Gray learned yesterday that Ubani is to face a fitness to practise hearing in Germany following a two-year campaign by the brothers.
The GP said today that he believed that confronting Ubani at the medical conference had resulted in the decision to make the doctor face a disciplinary hearing in Germany.
“I strongly believe that if Rory and I had not gone to Germany and did what we did – despite me being arrested – that Ubani would have continued to go out and practise and would not have a fitness to practise hearing against him,” he said.
“I feel this decision vindicates what Rory and I went and did.”
Following Mr Gray’s death, Ubani, 67, admitted having been exhausted after getting only a couple of hours’ sleep before starting his shift in the UK, and said he was confused about the difference between drugs used here and in Germany.
Ubani gave Mr Gray, who suffered from kidney stones and was in severe pain for several years, the overdose on February 16, 2008, after his partner called an out-of-hours medical service which sent Ubani from his home.
Ubani, who works as a doctor in Witten, Germany, specialises in cosmetic surgery and anti-ageing treatments, is believed to have been practising medicine for 23 years.
He was charged with death by negligence at a court in Witten and given a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay 5,000 euro (£4,100) costs.
It only emerged that legal proceedings had started in Germany after UK police began to investigate Mr Gray’s death and a European arrest warrant was issued for Ubani.
The prosecution, which is allowed under German law, means he cannot be charged in the UK.