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Surgeon faces medical council hearing over botched operations

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:652
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Two anaesthetists told the General Medical Council this week that they had refused to continue working with a consultant general surgeon at the Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, who lost five women patients to excessive bleeding between 1995 and 1999.

    Steven Walker, 44, stands accused of serious professional misconduct over 12 operations: five bowel operations, five breast reconstructions, and two liver resections. Rebecca Poulet QC, prosecuting, said Mr Walker's overoptimistic assessment of his clinical skills led him to take on surgery in which he had no training or experience. Retired anaesthetist Helen Matheson told the GMC's professional …

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