Simon Bramhall no longer allowed to practice medicine after branding patients’ livers with his initials

A British doctor has been removed from the country’s medical register for marking patients’ livers with his initials. The incidents occurred in February and August 2013, when Simon Bramhall used a surgical device to write his initials on transplanted livers at the end of two surgeries.

The 1.6-inch initials were discovered by another doctor when an organ transplanted by Bramhall failed after about a week, according to BBC News.

In 2017, Bramhall pleaded guilty and was convicted of two counts of common assault, according to documents from the United Kingdom’s Medical Practice Tribunal Service, known as MPTS, which hears complaints against doctors and determines if they are fit to practice. He was fined £ 10,000 (US $ 13,619.90) and community service.

Bramhall resigned from his post at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014 and was suspended from duty for at least five months in December 2020, according to BBC News.

However, MPTS invited Bramhall to have his case reviewed in December 2020. The service reviewed the evidence in the case, including Bramhall’s statements, in which he said he “foolishly made a mark on the liver. adjacent “and admitted that his actions in 2013” had been stupid and utterly wrong, “according to MPTS documents.

Bramhall’s legal advisor argued that “the former doctor’s fitness to practice was no longer impaired” and “that this case had never been about his surgical skills; rather it was a lack of Mr Bramhall’s respect for the dignity of patients “.

MPTS “was satisfied that there was no discernible risk of a repeat” of the incident and said that Bramhall’s fitness to practice was “no longer compromised by a conviction”. The order suspending him from training has been revoked.

However, the case was resubmitted to MPTS, and in a hearing on Monday, the service said it “accepts that no lasting physical damage has been done to either of the patients, “but that Bramhall’s actions had caused one” significant emotional harm, “according to the BBC.

Although they said Bramhall had “good character before” removing him from the medical register was the appropriate punishment and even though he was providing life-saving care he was still in “flagrant violation of dignity and autonomy. of his patients “.

After the hearing, an immediate stay was put in place, but Bramhall has a 28-day appeal period. CBS News has contacted MPTS and Bramhall for comment and is awaiting a response.

A yearlong CBS News survey found that the system responsible for licensing and disciplining physicians in the United States – state medical boards – often fails to control physicians who repeatedly injure their patients. For patients in the United States, the CBS News investigative unit set up this guide state by state which shows how to check your doctor’s license and disciplinary history as well as information on how to file a complaint against a health care provider in your state.

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