Surgeon facing fitness to practise allegations can leave medical register

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 26 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2391
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A surgeon accused of botching operations over an 18 year period at four hospitals in Kent has been allowed to remove himself from the medical register after a hearing behind closed doors.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) accepted expert evidence that David Jackson, who faced a 45 day hearing with 75 counts relating to 16 patients between 1989 and 2007, was so ill that he was unable to instruct his lawyers or participate in a hearing, and would never be fit to practise medicine again.

The tribunal service panel said that his illness, details of which were not revealed, could have …

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