Registrar who used excessive force in forceps delivery is struck off

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:983
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

A locum registrar who killed a baby girl when he used “grossly excessive force” in a forceps delivery was struck off by the General Medical Council last week. However, he continues to evade police seeking to charge him with manslaughter in the case.

Vladan Visnjevac is now in Sarajevo, and Surrey police say that the Bosnian authorities are refusing to extradite him. He made no submissions to the hearing.

Newborn Hollie Dinning died at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, Surrey, two days after delivery in May 2002, from a fractured skull and “massive” brain injuries. Dr Visnjevac had made four attempts to deliver her with forceps, using …

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