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Sex change expert accused of rushing patients into surgery

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7575.935-a (Published 02 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:935
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Britain's best known sex change expert, consultant psychiatrist Russell Reid, ignored guidelines and rushed patients into surgery without properly assessing their needs, according to charges laid against him at the General Medical Council.

    Dr Reid is accused of serious professional misconduct in the treatment of five patients, named as patients B, C, D, E, and F. Charges relating to a sixth patient, named A, were dropped in preliminary hearings because of lack of documentation.

    The complainants are patient F and three psychiatrists from the gender identity clinic at the Charing Cross Hospital in London—James Barrett, Donald Montgomery, and Richard Green—and a senior registrar at the clinic, Stuart Lorimer. …

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