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GP who worked as obstetrics and gynaecology locum is struck off after risky caesarean

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 04 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l74
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP who sought to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynaecology despite lacking the training or qualifications has been struck off after he undertook a risky caesarean section that left a patient in intensive care and with “significant and ongoing problems.”

A medical practitioners tribunal found that David Nzegbulem took on a locum post as a specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at Watford Hospital in November 2015 knowing that he lacked the experience to undertake trials of operative vaginal delivery and caesarean sections unsupervised. He had undertaken only locum sessions over a 10 month period in 2015 and worked as a senior house officer in the specialty 20 years before.

He had never been recruited into a formal training programme either in …

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