Gynaecologist showed “lack of care and judgment”BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7164.965 (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:965
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A consultant gynaecologist who committed a catalogue of surgical blunders and left patients to be rescued by colleagues was struck off the medical register last week for serious professional misconduct.
Charges involving shortcomings in the treatment of 11 patients at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, and at St Saviour's Hospital (owned by the private health insurance scheme BUPA) in nearby Hythe, were found proved against Rodney Ledward, aged 58, of Folkestone, Kent, by the General Medical Council's professional conduct committee.
Mr Ledward was suspended from his NHS practice in February 1996 and summarily sacked without compensation in December 1996 for professional misconduct and incompetence after …