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Surgeon jailed for manslaughter after postponing surgery on man with perforated bowel

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6722 (Published 07 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6722
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A senior surgeon at a private hospital has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for causing the death of a patient through gross negligence.

David Sellu, 66, was convicted of manslaughter over the death of retired builder James Hughes at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, north London.

The case is unusual because doctors are rarely convicted of manslaughter in the United Kingdom and for a doctor to be jailed for killing a patient …

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