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Cardiologist let his ambition interfere with patients’ best interests, GMC is told

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3510 (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3510
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    An “accomplished” interventional cardiologist allowed personal ambition to compromise his duty to act in his patients’ best interests, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel was told this week.

    Joseph Motwani, a consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, is accused of carrying out interventional procedures on a number of patients without giving them a proper opportunity to opt for coronary artery bypass surgery instead.

    In some cases, the GMC alleges, the patients’ best interests would have been better served by surgery rather than by percutaneous coronary intervention [PCI]. The procedure went …

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