Anger as doctor is allowed to return to work

Naif El-Barghouti
Naif El-Barghouti

A Scarborough family has started an online petition to protest against a suspended doctor who has now been told he can return to work.

Nayef El-Barghouty, who worked at Scarborough Hospital for 15 years, was suspended in July 2011 by the General Medical Council (GMC) after a series of botched operations.

A tribunal has now 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.

Since hearing this news, Scarborough woman Lisa Pickup, and her sister Sharon, have started a petition online as they believe El-Barghouty should “never be allowed to practise in our NHS Hospitals again”.

Lisa explained that after their father Trevor Pickup’s death in 2006, following routine surgery on a blocked artery, they had their suspicions about the doctor’s competence.

They tried to take it to court at the time, but had to drop the case as he was declared competent.

However since then, the family has approached the General Medical Council with their concerns and their case is now under investigation.

Miss Pickup said: “When we heard he’d got his licence back we were horrified and so upset, particularly as it was six years to the day since our dad died.

“We’re hoping people will sign the petition online and we’re also planning to organise one in the town centre.”

To find out more go to and search for El-Barghouty.

The doctor, who worked as a vascular and general surgeon, was sacked from Scarborough Hospital in August 2011.

A hospital spokeswoman said that as he was no longer employed by the trust, it “would not be appropriate to comment further”.

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.

Mr El-Barghouty is now believed to be in Saudia Arabia.