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Registrar used “force” during labour


22 April, 2008  

A hospital registrar who allegedly used “excessive force” in delivering a baby remains at large on a manslaughter charge, a disciplinary tribunal has been told.

Vladan Visnjevac is thought to be in Bosnia.

A case against him began in his absence before a fitness to practise panel of the General Medical Council in London. He is not represented.

The charges include that on December 3, 2002, he failed to answer police bail at Woking Police Station, and that a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

Visnjevac was an obstetric registrar at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, in May 2002, the hearing was told.

At about 1am on May 24, 2002, a woman known as Mrs W was admitted to the hospital 37 weeks pregnant.

That evening he allegedly made three unsuccessful attempts to use forceps in delivery, delivering a girl known as HW at 10.26pm. The child died at 2.10am on May 26.

He is accused of not properly assessing or recording the level and position of the head before forceps delivery, and not reassessing the clinical situation after failure of the baby’s head to descend with the first episode of traction.

He allegedly used excessive force in the three unsuccessful attempts at delivery. His actions are accused of being inappropriate and irresponsible.

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