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Surgeon is suspended for nine months for working without insurance for 12 days

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 13 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k712
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A medical practitioners’ tribunal has suspended Anwar Abdel-Salam, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, for nine months for knowingly seeing patients over a 12 day period while lacking professional indemnity insurance.

Abdel-Salam saw 31 private patients at the BMI Meriden Hospital in Coventry while lacking coverage between 8 and 20 July 2016, including three patients who underwent surgery.

He was aware that his insurance had lapsed, the tribunal found, and had told colleagues that he hoped to be covered soon. When coverage first lapsed, on 5 June 2016, his provider quoted him a premium for renewal in excess of £40 000. This was because a negligence claim made against …

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