January 26, 2022

Surgeon who wrote initials on two patients’ livers loses license

They also said that he has violated his patients’ “dignity and autonomy”

Surgeon who wrote initials on two patients’ livers loses license

Surgeon who wrote initials on two patients’ livers loses license photo credit: MSN

Simon Bramhall, a UK surgeon, had his license revoked by the General Medical Council after it was discovered that he had written his initials on the livers of two transplant patients.

According to local media, Bramhall used an argon beam machine to “write” his initials on the livers in 2013 while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The discovery was made by another surgeon who spotted the 4cm engravings on one of the patient’s livers while performing a second transplant after the organ that Bramhall transplanted failed.

Bramhall later explained that he had made the decision to sign the organs to lighten the atmosphere in the operating room.

During a hearing of the case, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) said that it was an “act borne out of a degree of professional arrogance”. They also said that he had “undermined” the public’s trust in the medical profession.

While the MPTS noted that there was no physical damage done to either of the patients, they did say that one of the patients suffered “significant emotional harm”.

They also said that he has violated his patients’ “dignity and autonomy”

He resigned from his position in 2013 after the discovery was made. He has also been fined R211 000 rand.

Sources: MSN, People

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