Doctors suspended for removing wrong kidneyBMJ 2004; 328 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7434.246-a (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:246
- Owen Dyer
Two doctors who mistakenly removed a patient's only working kidney have been suspended for 12 months by the General Medical Council.
Mr John Gethin Roberts, a consultant urologist, and registrar Mr Mahesh Goel faced the GMC's professional conduct committee 18 months after being acquitted of manslaughter in the death of 70 year old patient Graham Reeves.
Mr Reeves underwent what should have been a right nephrectomy at the Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, South Wales, in January 2000. But under Mr Roberts's supervision, Mr Goel removed the patient's left kidney in error.
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