Internal inquiry clears surgeon

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:367
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Joseph Rahamim, the surgeon at the centre of concerns raised by Channel 4News about his qualifications, resumed work this week after a preliminary investigation by Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust found that his death rates were comparable to national figures.

    The trust set up the internal investigation after Channel 4 News revealed that Mr Rahamim, consultant thoracic surgeon at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, was unaccredited and was the only thoracic surgeon in the country with no postgraduate surgical qualification (1 August, 297). This was not a barrier to appointment as a consultant at the time of his appointment in 1992.

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