Surgeon is suspended for altering dead patient’s notes retrospectively

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 20 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4059
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A UK consultant surgeon has been suspended for four months after a fitness to practise tribunal found that he had retrospectively added a line to a patient’s notes after she died, then claimed it was contemporaneous to deflect criticism.

Jose Mullerat was also found to have falsely told grieving relatives that he had ordered blood tests on Lyn O’Reilly, 57, of Tilbury, Essex, when she was still reporting pain a week after gastrointestinal surgery, at a time when she should have been ready for discharge.

O’Reilly died of peritonitis from a burst abscess after being found …

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