Sur­geon fined £10,000 for burn­ing his ini­tials on pa­tients’ liv­ers

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An “ar­ro­gant” con­sul­tant sur­geon who “be­trayed the trust” of his pa­tients by burn­ing his ini­tials on to the liv­ers of two un­con­scious trans­plant pa­tients has been fined £10,000.

Si­mon Bramhall, 53, pic­tured, used an ar­gon beam ma­chine to “write” his ini­tials on the or­gans of two anaes­thetised vic­tims in Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust 2013 while work­ing at Birm­ing­ham’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Hospi­tal.

A judge at the city’s Crown Court said Bramhall, who re­signed from the hospi­tal in 2014, had car­ried out “an abuse of power and a be­trayal of trust”.

The con­sul­tant, who was given a for­mal warn­ing by the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil (GMC) last Fe­bru­ary, ad­mit­ted two counts of as­sault by beat­ing last month af­ter pros­e­cu­tors ac­cepted his not guilty pleas to charges of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm. Judge Paul Far­rer QC also sen­tenced Bramhall yes­ter­day to a 12-month com­mu­nity or­der with 120 hours of un­paid work.

He said: “Both of the (trans­plant) op­er­a­tions were long and dif­fi­cult. I ac­cept that on both oc­ca­sions you were tired and stressed and I ac­cept that this may have af­fected your judg­ment.

“This was con­duct born of pro­fes­sional ar­ro­gance of such mag­ni­tude that it strayed into crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.”

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