Gynaecologist is suspected of performing dozens of unnecessary oophorectomies

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:413
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

The obstetrician and gynaecologist at the centre of Ireland’s worst case of medical misconduct may have harmed more patients than previously thought, a new report by two leading British experts has found.

Michael Neary of County Louth was struck off by the Irish Medical Council in 2003 and became the subject of an Irish government inquiry in 2004.

That inquiry, led by Judge Maureen Harding-Clarke, concluded that Dr Neary had carried out 188 peripartum hysterectomies at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, over 25 years until his suspension in 1999. An average consultant obstetrician …

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