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Letters Surgeon acquittal in female genital mutilation case

Dharmasena case: responsibility takes precedence over accountability

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1131
  1. James Malone-Lee, professor of medicine, University College London Medical School1
  1. 1Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre, London N8 8JD, UK
  1. james.malone-lee{at}

Twelve months ago I welcomed Dhanuson Dharmasena into my research team having ascertained his innocence. A rigorous trial has exonerated this decent doctor.1

In 2012 Dr Dharmasena faced an emergency and acted with care. He discussed his worries with his consultant. A responsible, professional decision was made; it was not respected. Through unspecified trust procedures and people, Dr Dharmasena and a patient’s …

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