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Decision to suspend surgeon who put his initials on patients’ livers was flawed, says judge

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 03 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1941
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A decision by a medical practitioners tribunal to suspend a consultant surgeon for five months after he was convicted of assault for carving his initials into two transplant patients’ livers has been quashed by the High Court, which found “serious irregularity” in the tribunal’s conduct of its functions.1

Simon Bramhall admitted assault and was fined £10 000 (€11 700; $13 900) at Birmingham Crown Court in 2018, in a case described by prosecutors as “without precedent in criminal law.” A tribunal suspended him from the medical register for five months last December and a review tribunal in June decided that he was fit to practise again after remedying his misconduct and demonstrating significant insight.2

However, the General …

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