Doctors go on trial for manslaughter after removing wrong kidneyBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7352.1476/b (Published 22 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1476
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A consultant urologist and a locum surgical registrar who went on trial for manslaughter last week were guilty of “gross negligence” in removing their patient's only functioning kidney, Cardiff crown court was told.
Prosecuting counsel Leighton Davies QC told the jury the actions of consultant John Roberts and locum surgical registrar Mahesh Goel “fell so far below the standard of care expected of a reasonably competent surgeon” that they “deserved to be condemned as gross negligence and therefore a crime.”
Graham Reeves died aged 69, five weeks after the …