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Restrictions on surgeon’s practice raise concerns about breast cancer care in the Midlands

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The General Medical Council (GMC) has referred Oncoplastic Consultant Surgeon, Raafat Gendy, to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) which assesses a doctor’s fitness to practice due to ‘serious concerns’ following an internal investigation by the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The MPTS has decided to implement a condition on Mr Gendy’s practice to prevent him from performing any breast cancer reduction surgery until June 2018 with the exception of life threatening surgery.

Further conditions implemented include a restriction on conducting consultations with respect to breast cancer reduction surgery and any activity to be supervised by a clinical supervisor. The action taken by the GMC and MPTS follows initial concerns that were raised about Mr Gendy’s treatment dating back to December 2015.

The Royal Stoke University Hospital Trust itself initiated an internal investigation in February 2016 after Mr Gendy had been prevented from seeing breast cancer patients since 22 January 2016 and recalled patients. The conditions on the practice of Mr Gendy imposed by the MPTS now replace those placed by the hospital themselves.

Following a free advice clinic held in June last year, attended by Sharon Banga, an associate solicitor at Shoosmiths  and Kashmir Uppal, a partner in the medical negligence team, there was concern that not all affected patients may have been recalled and some had to raise the issue themselves to ensure inclusion in the wider investigation of the breast surgery performed by Mr Gendy.

On hearing the news of the restriction imposed on his practice, one of the firm’s clients, Ms Glenys Matthews (60) from Stoke on Trent who raised her concerns about her treatment by Mr Gendy at the advice clinic commented:

‘I am glad that the GMC and MPTS have become involved in the investigation of Mr Gendy’s practices. I am waiting for a substantive response from the Trust about my complaints about my treatment and hope to receive this very soon. I’m aware of other former patients of Mr Gendy who have also expressed concerns about the treatment received from Mr Gendy.’

Recent cases which Shoosmiths has handled in the Midlands include those against Sudip Sarker, a cancer surgeon at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS, Roger Bainton, a maxillofacial surgeon employed by the same trust as Mr Gendy and Mr Ian Paterson, the surgeon who performed unnecessary breast surgery.

Kashmir Uppal a partner at Shoosmiths and the senior solicitor who initiated the investigation of recently convicted rogue breast surgeon said:

‘I was instrumental in investigating the claims made against Mr Ian Paterson. I hope the investigation into these issues will be thorough, and if it identifies any failings and makes recommendations, that they are implemented effectively.’

If you have any concerns please contact Kashmir Uppal on 03700 86 4375 or Sharon Banga on 03700 86 4061 for confidential advice about the options available Shoosmiths can also be contacted through the website (www.accesslegalsolicitors.co.uk) or by calling the firm’s free client service team on 03700 868 686.

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For further information please contact: Allan Bisset
Phone: 03700 866736  
Email: [email protected]

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Shoosmiths Solicitors is the consumer legal advice arm of national law firm Shoosmiths LLP, which has been established for over 165 years. The firm has offices in Birmingham, Manchester, London, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading, Southampton, Edinburgh and Belfast. A wide range of legal services is delivered online via the Shoosmiths Solicitors website. This gives a direct link to lawyers who strive to simplify the law for their clients. Shoosmiths’s services for individuals and their families range from education law, claiming compensation for serious personal injury and writing or challenging the provisions in a Will to handling legal disputes, gaining compensation for medical negligence and advice concerning injuries at work or through industrial disease.

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