His disgusting act had already happened in 2013, but the case was not over then. Simon Bramhall, 57, admitted using an argon beam – used to stop liver bleeding during surgery and to mark the area to work on – to write his initials “SB” on the organs of his unconscious and completely helpless patients in 2013 during work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
In 2018, a liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon received a 12-month community service order and was fined PLN 10,000. pounds after pleading guilty to two counts of assault (that’s how his offense was classified). It seemed to him that the trouble was over. Not at all! He still had to cross over with the British counterpart of our Supreme Medical Council, which had just ended.
After examining the matter in detail, the doctors’ council had no mercy for the transplantologist. In his opinion, Bramhall’s actions “grew out of professional arrogance” and undermined public confidence in the medical profession.
Perhaps a surgeon would never have been caught in his bizarre practice had it not been for another doctor. During the operation, a week after the transplant, he noticed four-centimeter initials burned on the patient’s liver!
One of the patients marked by a self-righteous doctor suffered a mental damage upon the news that he had been marked. Meanwhile, Bramhall insisted that he was tagging patients to … ease the nervous tension in the room after a long and complicated procedure.
They stripped him of the right to practice
At first, the doctors only suspended a colleague. In time, however, they decided that it was too lenient a punishment, which was “insufficient to protect the wider social interest.” The doctor lost his license to practice.
“A physical attack on two sensitive unconscious patients in a clinical setting, one of whom suffered significant and lasting emotional harm, seriously undermines patients’ and the public’s confidence in the medical profession and inevitably places the entire profession in disgrace,” the medics said in a statement quoted by The Guardian.
Other doctors called his behavior a gross violation of the dignity and autonomy of patients and emphasized that the general context of saving patients’ lives does not mitigate the fact of such serious violations.
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