A consultant urologist who worked at Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals has resigned after an investigation began into his treatment of about 170 prostate cancer patients.
Arackal Narayan Manu Nair was initially suspended by the Heart of England NHS Trust last April after colleagues raised concerns about his work. The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched an investigation into his conduct and he has now resigned.
He had previously worked at Spire hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull, where breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson had also worked.
The GMC has put restrictions on his licence to practise until May next year, so that he cannot work as a locum, in private practice or without the supervision of another consultant. He must also not remove prostate glands or carry out any procedures using a specific type of laser.
Management at both the Heart of England trust and at the Spire Parkway Hospital have said that they have contacted patients who might have been affected and offered them follow-up checks. They have also apologised for the worry and concern caused to patients.
The investigation follows a similar review of Ian Paterson’s work at Solihull Hospital and Spire – issues of communication, consent and the operation of safety systems, appear to be at issue in this review as well.
Inez Brown, Partner with Medical Accident Group, said: “Oversight of consultants’ work should be a matter of concern to managers at all hospitals; patients put their lives, literally, in these specialists’ hands and they must feel confident that it is safe to do so. We know how stressful and worrying it is for patients to have undergone treatment and then to have to deal with uncertainties and problems afterwards; the GMS investigation should conclude quickly and decisively.”
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