Surgeon loses hospital post

FILE PIC: Surgeon Naif El-Barghouti. Picture: Scarborough Evening News
FILE PIC: Surgeon Naif El-Barghouti. Picture: Scarborough Evening News

A SCARBOROUGH surgeon who was suspended after a string of “woeful” blunders has been sacked.

Nayef El-Barghouty was yesterday relieved of his duties by Scarborough Hospital bosses after being hit with a 12-month suspension by the General Medical Council.

Mr El-Barghouty was banned last month after a hearing was told he rushed a routine operation on 42-year-old mum-of-two Jo Roche’s thyroid gland and told “deplorable” lies at the inquest of 82-year-old Eastfield man Wilfred Taylor.

Mrs Roche had her vocal chords severely damaged in the procedure, which took place in January 2008 in just 90 minutes rather than the recommended two to three hours, and she had to undergo corrective surgery.

Mike Proctor, Chief Executive of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We have been considering the action we need to take as an organisation following the outcome of the recent General Medical Council Fitness to Practise hearing involving Mr El-Barghouty.

“Mr El-Barghouty has worked at the Trust for 15 years and over this time there is no doubt that many patients are grateful to him for the care he has given.

However, the General Medical Council’s suspension of Mr El-Barghouty from the medical register prevents him from practising as a doctor. 

“He is therefore no longer able to fulfil his contractual obligations to work as a surgeon, and this has led to the Trust terminating his employment with immediate effect.”

Speaking after the General Medical Council’s decision, Mrs Roche, who is from Bridlington, said: “In an ideal situation he would have been erased from the medical register, but a 12-month suspension is the next best thing.

“That’s a win for us, we know that we have saved people from going under the knife and it will save lives.”

In January 2009, Mr El-Barghouty - a vascular and general surgeon - operated on grandfather-of-five Mr Taylor who was suffering from an aneurysm in his leg.

However, Mr El-Barghouty operated on the wrong area and, when trying to correct the situation, left a swab in his leg.

It was during his third bout of surgery that Mr Taylor’s main vein from his lower body to his heart was severed, causing him to die of a massive blood loss.

An inquest into his death, held in Scarborough in April 2009, recorded a verdict of misadventure.