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Oncologist who attended surgery on two patients while he had covid is suspended for three months

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o2624 (Published 01 November 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2624
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant oncologist who ignored a hospital instruction and attended patients’ cancer surgery on two days when he knew he was still testing positive for SARS-CoV-2 has been suspended from the UK medical register for three months.

Andrew Gaya admitted knowingly breaking the rules but told the medical practitioners tribunal he had feared that the patients’ treatments would be postponed if he could not attend the private London Gamma Knife Centre, part of HCA Healthcare UK. The two incidents occurred in the early weeks of the pandemic, at a time of high covid death rates.

“I did not take the decision to attend the centre on 3 April 2020 lightly and was aware it was not in accordance with …

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