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Gynaecologist is struck off for sterilising women without their consent

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 30 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1260
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A gynaecologist in England who sterilised patients against their wishes was last week struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council.

    Michael Pembrey, aged 56, was found to have sterilised five women without obtaining proper consent, including one patient with a severe learning disability and another with Down's syndrome. The case was heard in October, but had been adjourned (19 October, p 854).

    The allegations covered the period 1989-99, when Mr Pembrey worked as a consultant at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, East Sussex. He was also found to have carried out an incompetent sterilisation on a woman in 1995 that later resulted in an ectopic pregnancy. Another patient, who consented to laparoscopic sterilisation …

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