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Surgeon who failed to tell patient that he removed wrong tooth is suspended for eight months

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 09 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1669
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

An oral surgeon who removed the wrong tooth and then misled the patient and attempted to influence a nurse’s testimony during a subsequent trust investigation has been suspended from the UK medical register for eight months.

Michael Winston, who is qualified in both medicine and dentistry, works as an associate specialist in oral surgery one day a week at Liverpool University Dental Hospital. He is also a locum consultant oral surgeon at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

In January 2016 at the Liverpool hospital he removed a molar that was not in the patient’s plan for removal. Although he realised his error before the patient left, Winston failed to tell her, and she left unaware that a …

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