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Surgeon Suspended after Botched Operation leads to Death

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A vascular surgeon, who botched several operations at the Scarborough hospital,Yorkshire, has been suspended for 12 months by the General Medical Council.

Nayef El-Barghouty, a consultant in vascular and general surgery, was found by the GMC to have caused death and serious harm during operations which he then lied about during an inquest.

In January 2008, during what should have been a routine removal of a thyroid gland, Barghouty severed the vocal cords of his patient Joanne Roche, 42, leading her to need a tracheotomy to enable her to breathe.

In 2009, Mr Wilfrid Taylor attended Scarboroughhospital to have a blood clot removed from his leg, but subsequently needed two further operations later in the day as Barghouty had tied off an artery and left a swab inside the leg.

In a third operation, Barghouty severed the vena cava, a main artery, and as a result Mr Taylor bled to death.

The GMC concluded that Barghouty lied during the inquest into Mr Taylor’s death. Judith Worthington, the chair of the GMC panel, “In imposing the maximum term of suspension, the panel is satisfied that this will send a signal to you, the medical profession and the public that dishonest behaviour is unbefitting a registered medical practitioner and will not be tolerated.”

Simon Wilson of Neil Hudgell Solicitor’s, who acted on behalf of the families added, “The errors made in the care of Mrs Roche and Mr Taylor’s father Wilfrid were woeful. The decision to suspend Mr El-Barghouty is welcomed as we know of other patients who have suffered as a result of his surgery.”

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