Three Scarborough sisters are asking members of the public to support them in petitioning against a banned doctor being allowed to return to work.
Sharon Pickup, Lisa Pickup and Kerrie Smith have been collecting signatures in the town centre in a bid to keep Scarborough surgeon Nayef El-Barghouty off the General Medical Council (GMC) register.
The sisters have grave concerns over the treatment of their father, Trevor Pickup, who died following a routine operation in 2006.
Mr El-Barghouty, who worked at Scarborough Hospital for 15 years, was suspended in July 2011 after a series of botched operations.
A tribunal has now decided that he can practise medicine again when his suspension ends on December 29. However, 22 conditions have been imposed, which he must abide by.
The Pickups’ case is currently under investigation by the GMC and since the family launched an online petition, a number of other people have come forward with concerns.
Lisa said: “We’ve collected hundreds of signatures and people have been telling us their own stories - we cannot believe what we’ve heard.
“We want to encourage anyone who has concerns about this doctor to contact the GMC straight away.
“They need to hear from people directly so they can investigate these cases.”
She added that the public response to their petition has been “unbelieveable”, adding: “People were actually queueing up to sign the petition.
“Someone even came from Bridlington just to sign it. It has been amazing.”
Lisa encouraged people with conerns to contact the GMC urgently as Mr El-Barghouty is allowed to start practising again in a matter of weeks.
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