Surgeon suspension extended

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A Scarborough surgeon who lied on oath at the inquest into the death of a patient whose operation he botched has had his suspension extended.

Nayef El-Barghouty was banned from practising for the maximum 12 months by the General Medical Council last July after he admitted giving “false and utterly misleading” evidence about Wilfrid Taylor, who bled to death in a Scarborough Hospital operating theatre in January 2009.

He was sacked from the hospital where he had worked for 14 years following the hearing.

Now a panel has ruled he had not fully accepted his clinical failings and the need for honesty and integrity.

AGMC Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service panel said his fitness to practise was still impaired and suspended him for another four months until the case can resume for further sanctions to be considered.

Mr Taylor, 84, had been due to have surgery on an aneurysm in his left leg but Mr El-Barghouty operated at the wrong site, mistakenly tying off an artery, and he was forced to carry out another corrective procedure which led to torrential bleeding.

The devoted grandfather-of-five had opted to have the surgery because he was afraid his aneurysm would burst at home and he would be found by one of his grandchildren.

Mr El-Barghouty, an Egypt-trained vascular and general surgeon, lied under oath about the size of the aneurysm.

He told the hearing his suspension had given him chance to reflect on his dishonesty for the first time and now accepted it had been “deliberate and sustained”.

But the panel said it was “implausible” he had not had the opportunity to do so between the inquest and last year’s fitness to practice hearing.

“The panel remains concerned that you have not yet fully accepted and adopted the need for honesty and integrity to be at the core of medical professionalism,” it said.

Police were called in to investigate after Mr Taylor’s death but no further action was taken. His inquest recorded a verdict of misadventure in 2009.

In both cases the hospital trust paid damages.

Mr El-Barghouty also botched thyroid surgery on another patient, Jo Roche, of Bridlington, who was left breathing through a tube following an operation at the same hospital a year earlier.

Mrs Roche, 43, had her vocal cords severely damaged in the procedure, which took just 90 minutes rather than the recommended two to three hours, and she had to undergo corrective surgery.

The married mum-of-two has been left barely able to speak after undergoing a tracheostomy to fit a tube through her neck and into her windpipe, allowing her to breathe properly.

The panel said it had not seen any significant evidence he had taken any remedial action to address his deficiencies in vascular and thyroid surgery.

“The panel cannot therefore be satisfied that you have demonstrated insight into your clinical shortcomings,” it said.