Banned doctor can return to work

Naif El-Barghouti
Naif El-Barghouti

A Scarborough surgeon who was suspended after being found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty has been told he can return to work.

Nayef El-Barghouty was suspended in July 2011 by the General Medical Council (GMC) after a series of botched operations.

A tribunal decided that Mr El-Barghouty can practise medicine again when his suspension ends on 29 December.

However, 22 conditions have been imposed, which he must abide by.

Mr El-Barghouty had worked as a vascular and general surgeon at Scarborough Hospital for 15 years, before being sacked in August 2011.

One man died after undergoing three operations in one day to remove an aneurysm in his leg. The operations were made necessary due to mistakes made by the surgeon.

Also it emerged Mr El-Barghouty had lied under oath about the size of the aneurysm during the inquest into Mr Taylor’s death.

A second patient, Joanne Roche, 42, from Bridlington, was left with damaged vocal chords after having her thyroid gland removed by Mr El-Barghouty in 2008.

A report by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said it “remained concerned” that Mr El-Barghouty “has not yet fully accepted and adopted the principle that honesty is a fundamental tenet of the medical profession”.

However the panel was “impressed” with testimonials and evidence it had seen and “believed that Mr El-Barghouty is a better person and doctor”.

Mr El-Barghouty, who is currently working in Saudia Arabia, has the right to appeal the decision.