Obstetrician who blamed delay in a Caesarean section on a “stupid midwife” is struck off

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6066
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A staff grade obstetrician who delayed an emergency caesarean section for nearly an hour when “every minute counted” has been struck off the UK medical register.

Chandrasiri Abayasiriwardena, who qualified in Sri Lanka in 1968, was working on the labour ward at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough on 10 November 2008 when a 21 year old woman, 32 weeks pregnant, was brought in after a car crash.

At around 6.15 pm Abayasiriwardena obtained a brief tracing of cardiotocography, which appeared to show fetal bradycardia. He then sought to confirm this with ultrasonography, which also indicated bradycardia. At this point he asked a …

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