This week, BBC News reported on the sentencing of an 85-year-old doctor who killed a patient during a routine surgery in 2018 after continually lying about his age.
Dr Mamman had been responsible for taking a bone marrow sample from Mrs Parveen, a procedure that is relatively straightforward and rarely involves any complications. However, after failing to take a sample from Mrs Parveen’s hip bone, Dr Mamman inserted a needle into her sternum, piercing the sac surrounding her heart in the process.
In court, Mrs Parveen’s husband recalled telling Dr Mamman to stop what he was doing three times, but he was ignored. Mrs Parveen subsequently lost consciousness and suffered massive internal bleeding that led to her death.
Dr Mamman was sentenced this week at Manchester Crown Court to three years in prison for gross medical negligence manslaughter.
Although the Judge found Dr Mamman at fault for Mrs Parveen’s death, she also criticised his former employer, the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust for obvious “failures in the system.”
Prior to Mrs Parveen’s death, Dr Mamman had been at the centre of two previous serious incidents, one of which left a patient permanently disabled. A complaint had also been made by a patient about the “excessive force” used by Dr Mamman during his bone marrow biopsy.
Whilst colleagues felt that Dr Mamman should retire, he was only dismissed temporarily in 2004 when he was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC).
"This case truly shocked me when I saw the reports this week. As I work in the Manchester area , it really hit close to home. The actions of Mr Mamman were inexcusable. My condolences go out to the family of Mrs Parveen"
Graduate Solicitor Apprentice
Dr Mamman was rehired by the Trust in 2006 when he was restored to the register by the GMC who accepted his year of birth as 1943 – which would mean he would have been around 14 or 15 at the time he started medical training.
The Judge overseeing this case stated that she found it “hard to understand” how Dr Mamman’s lies, previous actions and the complaints made against him didn’t lead to his retirement or dismissal.
Mrs Parveen’s family pursued a civil claim against the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS following her death and they have since admitted liability.
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