A freedom of information request has recently revealed some concerning information about a surgeon who worked at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. According to a newspaper report revealing the consequences of the information request, the trust originally stated there were no concerns regarding the work done by the surgeon in question.
However one botched operation he did resulted in a five-figure payout by the trust. Furthermore another 10 cases are currently being looked into involving the same surgeon, and have yet to be decided upon.
Before the surgeon worked at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, he had worked at another trust. His work there has already resulted in a huge number of payouts running into seven figures. The five-figure sum revealed to have been paid to one patient who was operated on in 2010 seems to be one of several that have now come to light.
When the surgeon worked at Rotherham Hospital 37 claims were made and settled regarding his work. Of these, 26 of them saw the hospital admitting liability. More than three dozen other claims at that hospital are still to be concluded.
Is it common for a surgeon or other healthcare practitioner to be involved in bungled operations?
It will be a relief to know the answer is no. Surgeons – as is the case with many other healthcare providers – have to work to the very highest of standards at all times. As such it is exceptionally rare to come across a case such as this. We are all aware of the risks involved with all operations. However as is the case in most situations we can accept these risks if the medics involved are working to the very highest of their capabilities at all times.
Source: Yorkshire Post