British surgeon faces compensation claims for patient deathsBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7173.1615b (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1615
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A British surgeon whose conviction in New Zealand for the manslaughter of a patient was overturned by the Privy Council in London now faces compensation claims from families of patients who died during surgery.
Keith Ramstead was convicted of the manslaughter of Nancie Muncie, 72, but acquitted of similar charges over the deaths of two other patients. Last month, the Privy Council quashed his conviction because of a “material irregularity” in the 1996 trial. The deaths happened between 1991 and 1993 while Mr Ramstead, …