Apologies over surgeon errors

Scar Health Trust cuts - Sir Michael Carlisle, Trust chairman.   072951d 'in News   18/7/07   pic by AH
Scar Health Trust cuts - Sir Michael Carlisle, Trust chairman. 072951d 'in News 18/7/07 pic by AH
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APOLOGIES have been made by Scarborough health trust to patients and their families affected by surgeon Nayef El-Barghouti.

The matter was raised at yesterday’s trust board meeting at Scarborough Hospital by chairman Sir Michael Carlisle.

He said he could not deal with the meeting’s agenda without mentioning “the very sad and serious matter”.

Mr El-Barghouti was suspended from practice for 12 months following a General Medical Council hearing in Manchester.

Eastfield man Wilfrid Taylor, 82, died while under his care and mum of two Jo Roche was left having to breathe through a tube following a routine thyroid operation.

Speaking at yesterday’s meeting, Sir Michael said: “Contact has been made through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service with the patients concerned and apologies given to the people affected. The current situation is that he is not allowed to practise for 12 months.

“As his employer we need to take legal and employment contract advice and come to a speedy decision on what action to take.”

The GMC ruled the majority of facts against Mr El-Barghouti had been proved at a fitness to practise hearing in Manchester following the errors at Scarborough Hospital, where he had worked since February 1998.

Panel chairman Judith Worthington said the operation on Mr Taylor was unlikely to have been effective and he had chosen to operate on Mrs Roche despite being “deskilled” in the field.

He is said to have acted dishonestly in a way that was “deliberate and sustained”.