Gynaecologist acquitted in hysterectomy caseBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7022.11a (Published 06 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:11
- Clare Dyer
A British gynaecologist has been acquitted of performing an illegal abortion after he went ahead with a hysterectomy while suspecting the patient was pregnant.
Reginald Dixon, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at King's Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was found not guilty unanimously by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court on 21 December. He had been charged under section 58 of the 1861 Offences against the Person Act, introduced to combat backstreet abortionists, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Mr Dixon was carrying out a hysterectomy on Barbara Whiten, then aged …