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MP accuses trust of using “cover up” gagging order

The Independent - 26th July 2011 12:35 pm

An NHS trust is using a gagging order in a “cover-up” to prevent patients from discovering that they were operated on by an “untrained” cancer surgeon against national guidelines.

An MP has called for a parliamentary inquiry after revealing in the House of Commons that at least 100 patients were operated on by the gynaecologist at a Swansea hospital over a three-year period.

The trust refused to alert the women “that they had been operated on by an untrained surgeon”, the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming told the Commons, despite several senior colleagues raising concerns about the surgeon’s competency to perform the operations, he said.

Instead, since 2008, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board has spent more than £375,000 of taxpayers’ money - the equivalent of employing 20 nurses - obtaining an injunction to prevent a junior doctor from informing the patients about his concerns. The junior doctor was sacked in 2008.

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