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'Liver branding' surgeon Simon Bramhall fined £10,000

A liver surgeon who branded his initials on the livers of two patients has been fined £10,000. Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam machine to write his initials on the organs of the anaesthetised patients in 2013 while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court. He was also sentenced to a 12-month community order. ‘Violated’ One of the victims, referred to in court as Patient A, received a donor organ in a life-saving operation carried…

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Liver surgeon Simon Bramhall marked initials on patients

A surgeon who marked his initials on the livers of two transplant patients has admitted assault by beating. Simon Bramhall, 53, committed the offences at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in February and August 2013. The liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon was suspended later that year. He pleaded guilty to two charges at Birmingham Crown Court and will be sentenced at the same court on 12 January. He denied the more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm – a plea which was accepted by prosecutors. Surface burn Tony Badenoch…

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Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

An independent inquiry is to be held into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out hundreds of botched operations. It will aim to learn lessons from the case and improve care, the Department of Health said. Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent in April after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. He had his initial 15-year jail term increased to 20 years in August. The inquiry will begin in January. Midlands Live: Shrewsbury and Telford A&E waits among worst in country; Cricketer…

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Roger Bainton: Surgeon struck off for harming patients

Media playback is unsupported on your device A facial surgeon has been struck off the medical register to “protect the public” after harming his patients. Roger Bainton carried out dozens of unnecessary operations and “experimental procedures” while working at Royal Stoke University Hospital from 2005 to 2013. In the 1990s he was severely reprimanded by the General Medical Council over a death in Scotland. Lawyers are asking why he was ever hired by the Staffordshire hospital. The trust said he was employed in line with due process and its own…

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Ian Paterson: Disgraced breast surgeon has sentence increased

A breast surgeon who intentionally wounded his patients has had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years. Ian Paterson, 59, who appeared at the Court of Appeal via video link, was told his current sentence was “not sufficient” to reflect the seriousness and the totality of his offending. Paterson was found guilty in May at Nottingham Crown Court of 17 counts of wounding with intent. Jurors also convicted him of three further wounding charges. ‘Brutal and sustained’ Explaining the decision to increase his jail term, one of the three…

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Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges of sexually abusing children. Dr. James Kohut agreed to the suspension, electronic monitoring and staying off the internet in addition to other conditions in exchange for bail, according to court documents. A judge on Monday agreed to release Kohut on bail. But he said he will set the amount at a June 28 hearing and the doctor will remain in custody until then. Kohut was arrested on May 14 and charged with 10…

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Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary operations. Paterson, 59, carried out surgery on nine women and one man after falsely telling them they had breast cancer. He had been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after a trial last month. Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court were told Paterson exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer. The court was told he did so for “obscure motives” that may have included a desire to “earn extra money”….

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