Disgraced surgeon wants NHS return


A surgeon who moved to Saudi Arabia after he was suspended following a series of botched operations in Scarborough wants to return to the NHS, a tribunal heard.

Nayef El-Barghouty was banned from practising for a year in July 2011 after he was found guilty of misconduct and dishonesty.

One man died after undergoing three operations in one day to remove an aneurysm in his leg, which were necessary because of the surgeon’s mistakes.

The Fitness to Practise hearing also found El-Barghouty had lied under oath about the size of the aneurysm during the inquest into 84-year-old Wilfred Taylor’s death.

Another patient, Joanne Roche, 42, from Bridlington, was left with damaged vocal chords after having her thyroid gland removed by El-Barghouty in 2008.

He had worked as a vascular and general surgeon at Scarborough Hospital for 15 years before being sacked in August 2011.

El-Barghouty was allowed to practise medicine again in the UK in December 2012, after serving his suspension, but only under strict conditions.

By this time he had already found employment in Saudia Arabia and has not worked in this country since his ban.

But a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel reviewing his case decided to vary the conditions, allowing him a better chance of getting a job in the NHS.

Giving evidence by videolink, El-Barghouty told the Manchester hearing he wanted to return to safe practice in the UK.

Currently the head of general surgery at Almana General Hospital, in Saudi Arabia, he said his recent Hajj to Mecca had left him feeling like a ‘better human being’.

He explained that he had reflected on his dishonesty and claimed that if he made another mistake he would admit it.

The panel agreed to allow him another chance to prove he is fit to work in the UK and handed him another 24-month conditional order.

MPTS panel chairman Dr Brian Crompton said: ‘The panel has determined that a period of 24 months is appropriate to allow you to obtain employment in the UK, comply with all the conditions imposed on your registration and to address the identified deficiencies in your clinical practice.

‘The panel has also determined that a review hearing should be held prior to the expiry of the period of conditional registration…. Indeed this panel encourages you to attend to explain to the reviewing panel whether and how you have undertaken remediation of the identified clinical failings in your practice; whether and how you have reflected on your misconduct; what, if any, steps you have taken to remediate that misconduct .’

The panel reduced the number of conditions from 22 to 13 and he can now undertake locum work within the NHS.

However, he is still restricted to posts in general and vascular surgery and his work must be supervised by a named consultant.

Other conditions keep him closely monitored by the GMC and impose supervision and reporting restrictions.

He will have to attend a review hearing towards the end of the two-year period of conditional registration to assess whether he can return to unrestricted work.