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Evidence of hospital failures was not disclosed at surgeon’s manslaughter trial

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 04 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4229
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

An internal report into a patient’s death at a private hospital that identified “systemic failures” was not revealed at the trial of the surgeon who was later convicted of manslaughter over the death, it has emerged.

David Sellu, a senior consultant colorectal surgeon, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in November 2013 for contributing to the death of James Hughes in February 2010 at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, north London.1 The 66 year old builder had undergone knee replacement surgery at the hospital, run by BMI Healthcare, the United Kingdom’s largest private healthcare provider. But Sellu, who did private operations at the hospital alongside his NHS job at Ealing Hospital NHS Trust, was asked to step in when Hughes developed abdominal pains.

Hughes had a perforated bowel …

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