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Ophthalmologist who had an affair with patient avoids sanctions because of “unique” surgical skills

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4325 (Published 04 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4325
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A London consultant ophthalmologist who had an affair with a patient has escaped sanction by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service after it ruled that his unique surgical skills made him too important to patients’ welfare to suspend.

John Brookes, 47, a glaucoma expert at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital, had earned praise for his work with Orbis International, a charity that operates a passenger jet equipped with a mobile operating theatre. Brookes had made several trips to India and Mongolia, saving the sight of children with glaucoma.

He was also considered one of the world’s most skilled paediatric eye surgeons, and brought to his Manchester hearing a …

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