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Judge clears gynaecologist of negligence

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7001.345a (Published 05 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:345

A leading British gynaecologist was not negligent when he removed a 21 year old woman's entire reproductive system, mistakenly thinking that she had ovarian cancer that had spread, a High Court judge ruled last week. Mr Justice Gage held that Feroze Abbas, now aged 27, lost her chance of motherhood through a “tragic mistake” but that no legal liability attached to the gynaecologist, Anthony Kenney.

Ms Abbas, then living in Pakistan, consulted Mr Kenney at the private Churchill Clinic in Kennington, south London, bringing a tissue sample and a pathology report indicating that she had ovarian cancer. But the judge ruled that a …

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