Locum oncologist whose treatment plan missed tumours and reduced survival chances is struck off

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 04 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5412
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A locum consultant oncologist who drew up radiation treatment plans that targeted healthy tissue while missing tumours has been struck off by a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

The allegations against Alem Kahsay concerned five patients with cancer whose treatment he managed while working as a locum for Belfast Health and Social Care Trust during several months in 2008 and 2009, and for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust for 10 days in 2010.

In two patients with lung cancer he drew up treatment plans that completely missed the affected area, targeting …

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