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Friday, 30 November 2007

Convicted surgeon can return to work. - In my considered and informed opinion, the GMC is not fit for purpose and should be scrapped.

Convicted surgeon can return to work

Extracts from the Telegraph:

"A doctor who went to practise in India after leaving a father to die of an infection has been told he can return to Britain to work.

Amit Misra, 37, was suspended for a year after failing to act when Sean Phillips, 31, fell ill after a routine knee operation at Southampton General Hospital in 2000.

He was convicted of manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court in April 2003 and given an 18 month suspended prison sentence.

Despite failing to prove himself in a series of medical assessment tests, the General Medical Council has ruled the trainee surgeon should be allowed to work here again."

"Mr Phillips, from Southampton, was expected to leave the hospital the day after his operation, but caught a bacterial infection and developed toxic shock syndrome. He died after doctors failed to spot the infection or properly examine the blood test results.

Mr Phillips' father, Myles, of Faversham, Kent, said: "The doctors have assessed his performance and have found it lacking. There is no way he should be back on the register.""

You can rarely, if ever, accuse the General Medical Council of putting patient safety first...)o:

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