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Locum oncologist is struck off over death of patient in India

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 10 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3486
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A locum consultant oncologist working in the UK has been struck off the UK medical register over a patient’s death that occurred four years ago in India.

A medical practitioners’ tribunal concluded that Pantula Sastry had knowingly given high dose BEAM chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation to a patient with lymphoma whose test results suggested she would not survive it when he was working at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai.

The therapy destroys bone marrow, and patient survival depends on bone marrow regenerating from stem cells that are harvested from the patient before treatment and infused afterwards. The patient needs time between treatments …

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