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Surgeon who endangered patients’ lives at abortion clinic is struck off

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 23 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4991
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

An independently contracted surgeon with the British Pregnancy Advisory Service who exposed patients to the risk of life threatening conditions during abortions carried out in May and June 2017 has been struck off by a medical practitioners tribunal.

In one case, James Olobo-Lalobo failed to diagnose a molar pregnancy even though it had been suggested by the ultrasonographer in a preoperative assessment. He failed to initiate the follow-up care that is essential with molar pregnancies. “Patient A,” a 44 year old woman whom Olobo-Lalobo saw at Merseyside BPAS for an abortion by vacuum aspiration, ultimately took matters into her own hands when she called the clinic …

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