Sur­geon struck off af­ter op pa­tient death


ASURGEON has been struck off af­ter a pa­tient who he op­er­ated on with­out per­mis­sion died.

Ab­dom­i­nal sur­geon Gavin Den­ton, who was a con­sul­tant sur­geon in Mac­cles­field Hospital for eight years, has been erased from the med­i­cal regis­ter fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of a 64-year-old man he op­er­ated on at Scun­thorpe General Hospital.

The Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice (MPTS) hear­ing, which took place in Manch­ester, heard Mr Den­ton op­er­ated be­yond his abil­ity on a tu­mour in the pa­tient’s colon with­out be­ing in­structed to do so by his su­per­vi­sor and failed to call for as­sis­tance when the pro­ce­dure went wrong. Ev­i­dence given at the hear­ing also stated that de­spite as­sess­ing the pa­tient’s tu­mour as in­op­er­a­ble, Mr Den­ton con­tin­ued op­er­at­ing with­out in­form­ing his su­per­vi­sor.

As a re­sult of re­mov­ing the tu­mour, dam­age was done to one of the pa­tient’s ma­jor blood ves­sels, he suf­fered two heart at­tacks and died.

The MPTS re­port said: “The tri­bunal found it in­com­pre­hen­si­ble that you would think it ap­pro­pri­ate to un­der­take such a sig­nif­i­cant bowel op­er­a­tion your­self, against es­tab­lished guide­lines, with nei­ther con­sul­tant su­per­vi­sion nor ex­pe­ri­enced sur­gi­cal sup­port from an­other doc­tor.

“You acted be­yond your com­pe­tency in un­der­tak­ing the pro­ce­dure and missed sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to call for sup­port, even when it would have been clear to you that you had en­coun­tered se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions.

“In all the cir­cum­stances, the tri­bunal was in no doubt that your ac­tions amounted to se­ri­ous pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.”

Mr Den­ton worked at Mac­cles­field General Hospital from 1995 un­til 2003.

He later took up be­gan a post as a locum Con­sul­tant General Sur­geon at North Lin­colnshire and Goole Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust.

He was the sub­ject of a General Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC) in­ves­ti­ga­tion in 2004 fol­low­ing the death of Sylvia Cooper, from Bar­ton-Upon-Hum­ber, but he was al­lowed to con­tinue to prac­tice.

Lawrence Roberts, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the North­ern Lin­colnshire and Goole NHS Hos­pi­tals Trust, con­firmed Mr Den­ton is no longer work­ing at Scun­thorpe General Hospital.

He said: “We can con­firm that the General Med­i­cal Coun­cil has placed an era­sure sanc­tion or­der on Mr Gavin Den­ton’s reg­is­tra­tion and im­posed an im­me­di­ate or­der of sus­pen­sion.

“Mr Den­ton has 28 days to de­cide whether to ap­peal this de­ci­sion. He is not cur­rently prac­tis­ing at the trust.”

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