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GMC is criticised for failing to properly investigate case against cosmetic surgeon

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 27 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5002
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A cosmetic surgeon accused of improperly anaesthetising a patient and lying to cover it up has been exonerated on all charges by a medical practitioners tribunal, which also strongly criticised the conduct of the General Medical Council in bringing the case.

The tribunal also had harsh words for the “fundamentally flawed” original investigation of surgeon Annamalaikani Jeyapragash by Aspen Healthcare, owner of Highgate Private Hospital in north London, where he performed a bilateral breast implant change on “Patient A.” She later complained that she had awoken during the procedure despite requesting general anaesthetic.

Numerous witnesses called by the GMC against Jeyapragash were deemed “unreliable,” “evasive,” or not credible, including Patient A herself, the anaesthetist booked for the operation, the scrub nurse, the theatre manager, and an operating department practitioner, said the …

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