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Cosmetic surgeon who practised without insurance is struck off

BMJ 2020; 370 doi: (Published 14 August 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3231
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A cosmetic surgeon whose patients went uncompensated for unsatisfactory surgery because he lacked insurance has been struck off the UK medical register.

Arnaldo Paganelli, an Italian surgeon who worked privately as an independent contractor for The Hospital Group (THG) in Birmingham, was found to have “deliberately frustrated the purpose of the professional insurance which he is bound to hold” in the cases of four female patients.

A medical practitioners tribunal found that, in the only one of those four cases for which Paganelli had valid insurance, he failed to provide the documentation required by his insurer after the patient, Natasha Stewart, secured a UK court judgment in 2012 for £27 384 damages and over £39 000 costs.

The tribunal found that two factors had informed Paganelli’s state …

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