Cancer Surgeon Investigation Sparks Outrage


The police are investigating a cancer surgeon employed by Worcestershire NHS Trust after concerns were raised about the death rate of his patients in July 2012.

Medical Mistakes

Investigations by the RCS and GMC

The Hospital Trust in October 2012 excluded the surgeon who specialises in bowel and colon cancer after speculations over the number of fatalities following complications following surgery.

An investigation conducted by a local newspaper showed he had double the percentage of death rates than other doctors and triple the number of patient readmissions.

Investigations are on-going by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the General Medical Council (GMC). The RCS has recommended that all of the surgeon's case notes be reviewed to ensure that his patients received appropriate care.

Checks were also made into his online CV, in which he claimed to have a 'distinction in surgery' from a Scottish University. In the first instance, the university neither confirmed nor denied his claims but did comment saying that they gave out a number of accolades to graduating students, but they had never given one out by that name. On further investigation, the RCS confirmed that he didn't receive such an award from the university.

NOT the Man for the Job

According to the Medical Accident Group, the surgeon continued to operate "for more than a year" after concerns were raised, leaving the question open as to how many patients may have received substandard care from him.

Cancer surgery should only be carried out by someone with specialist knowledge of the field. In this instance, the surgeon led those in charge to believe he was the man for the job. In one case, the surgeon performed keyhole surgery when open surgery was more suitable, leading later to the death of his patient.

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