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Suboptimal care contributed to deaths of 10 cancer patients treated in “dysfunctional” urology department, coroner finds

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 25 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6218
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A coroner has criticised an NHS trust for “suboptimal care” and “missed opportunities” in the treatment of 10 patients with cancer at a urology department where relationships were “dysfunctional.”

Coroner Penelope Schofield said that all 10 had died of natural causes but that missed opportunities, suboptimal care, and in three cases “neglect” had contributed to the deaths.

The patients, who died from prostate or bladder cancer from 2006 to 2015, were under the care of Paul Miller, a consultant urologist at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill. He was sacked by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in 2014 over …

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