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Urologists cleared of manslaughter now face GMC

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Two urologists who inadvertently removed a patient's only good kidney are facing charges of serious professional misconduct before the General Medical Council, 18 months after being acquitted of manslaughter in the case (BMJ 2002;325:9).

    Consultant urologist John Roberts supervised an operation in which registrar Mahesh Goel removed a healthy left kidney from Graham Reeves, aged 69, leaving only a chronically diseased right kidney. The mistake was discovered two hours later, but by then the good kidney had been immersed in sterilising solution.

    Mr Roberts later attempted to place a tube in the diseased …

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