Urologists cleared of manslaughter now face GMCBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.128-h (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
- Owen Dyer
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 …