Independent inquiry ordered into thoracic surgeon

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 01 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:297
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The health secretary, Frank Dobson, has ordered an independent inquiry into concerns raised by Channel 4 News about the training and qualifications of a consultant thoracic surgeon.

    Channel 4 claimed that Joseph Rahamim, a consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was the only consultant thoracic surgeon in the country without accreditation and with no postgraduate surgical qualification.

    Mr Rahamim, aged 50, who came to Britain in 1973 after qualifying in Iraq, has worked for 20 years as a chest surgeon in Plymouth, the past six as a consultant. He is the only thoracic surgeon in the city.

    Plymouth Hospitals …

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