Doctor is struck off after third fitness to practise hearing

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 04 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1924
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A surgeon whose patient died after he attempted an operation beyond his competence, then did not call for help after causing a haemorrhage, has been struck off the UK medical register at his third fitness to practise hearing in 16 years.

Gavin Denton, 56, had twice been permitted to continue working after his performance was found to be deficient. Denton, who was appointed a consultant surgeon in 1995, first drew scrutiny in 2000 when colleagues at Macclesfield Hospital reported their concerns over his professional practice. He was suspended by the East Cheshire NHS Trust and did no surgery for three years.

In 2003, the General Medical Council (GMC) assessed Denton’s …

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