A DOCTOR has been found guilty of misconduct for trying to force a baby's delivery 12 times, as the mother begged for a Caesarean.

The baby boy died as Dr Avanti Patil delayed the operation and battled with forceps and suction cups.The young mother, known only as Miss A, had been in labour for 24 hours at Southend Hospital.

The General Medical Council panel found her actions fell seriously below the standards expected of a reasonably competent doctor, as she wasted valuable time.

Dr Patil was also found to have inappropriately delayed the carrying out of a Caesarean section.

The panel ruled her fitness to practise had been impaired by her misconduct.

Dr Patil, of Saxton Street, Gillingham, Kent, could now be struck off or suspended from the medical register.

Three character witnesses will appear before the panel, including doctors from William Harvey Hospital, in Ashford, and Medway Maritime Hospital, in Gillingham, where Dr Patil used to work.

The panel will then adjourn to make their decision. The hearing continues.