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High Court upholds tribunal decision that surgeon was fit to practise despite lying to patient

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4620
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A High Court judge has refused to quash the decision of a medical practitioners tribunal that a consultant surgeon was fit to practise, even though he had lied to a patient about a screw that had been misplaced during a lumbar spinal fusion operation.1

The tribunal decided that the spinal surgeon Andrew Hilton had acted from a positive motive when he told the lie and that, though his action amounted to misconduct, his fitness to practise was not impaired in November 2018, when the case was heard. The tribunal also decided not to exercise the option to issue a warning to Hilton.

The General Medical Council has been reluctant to appeal …

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