Surgeon is struck off for punching patient in the face to try to repair fracture

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2214
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon has been struck off the medical register after a fitness to practise tribunal heard that he repeatedly punched an anaesthetised patient in the face during surgery in an effort to reduce a fracture.

Nurses and other staff at Ipswich Hospital told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service of their shock when Ninian Peckitt, who had been subcontracted to Ipswich for three months by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust, suddenly made his hand into a fist and repeatedly struck the patient hard …

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