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Letters Surgeon acquittal in female genital mutilation case

Dharmasena case illustrates what is wrong with complaints procedures

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1130
  1. Tom Bourne, consultant gynaecologist1
  2. On behalf of Phillip Bennett, Shabnam Bobdiwala, Arri Coomarasamy, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Sharmistha Guha, Andrew Horne, Karen Joash, Emma Kirk, Christoph Lees, Maya Al-Memar, Aris Papageorghiou, Nick Raine-Fenning, Shyamaly Sur, Dirk Timmerman, and Austin Ugwamadu
  1. 1Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College, London W12 0HS, UK
  1. tbourne{at}

A junior doctor who acted in the best interests of his patient as he saw it has found himself before a criminal court, suspended, and subjected to a trust inquiry and a future General Medical Council hearing.1 Such multiple jeopardy is unreasonable.

Obstetricians condemned these actions,2 and the patient was quoted as saying, “I am concerned about being labelled as the first woman in …

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