“It’s western cultural trait” to treat date of birth as important…..Nigerian doctor accused of manslaughter in the UK
A doctor who gave different of births on application for NHS jobs has been arrested on suspicion of killing a patient after allegedly botching a bone marrow sample.
Isyaka Mamman, who could be as old as 82, has been arrested and and questioned over allegations of manslaughter by gross negligence and prescription fraud. He is being investigated over whether a hypodermic needle pierced a soft tissue around the heart of Shahida Varven,48,and not the breastbone as it should have done. She died soon afterwards.
Dr. Mamman, a haematologist from Greater Manchester,gave his birth date as September 1936 when he enrolled at University of London in 1958, which would make make him 82 this year.
However, in job applications between 1999 and 2004 gave different gave five different dates which presented him as under 65.
Dr Mamman claimed that it was a “western cultural trait” to treat dates of birth as important and said that he did not know his own as they were not registered in his native country Nigeria.
He was arrested in March after Ms Varven collapsed at an unnamed hospital in September. When police searched his home in Royton,near Oldham,officers allegedly found prescription medications in various names and legal documents belonging to Dr Mamman which showed different dates of birth.
Dr Mamman denies wrongdoing, has not been charged and is on bail pending further investigations.
However, a magistrate court denied him to alter his bail conditions to fly to Nigeria for his granddaughter’s wedding.
His lawyer, Asif Akram,told the court: “He has been a professional doctor for over 25 years. He worked at the hospital he’s currently employed for 14 years. Dr Mamman insists there’s no negligence on his part and his actions did not contribute to the death of this woman”