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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    A slap on the wrist for a surgeon - who burnt a woman's abdomen during a surgical procedure

    A slap on the wrist for a surgeon - who burnt a woman's abdomen during a surgical procedure


    The obstetrician-gynaecologist has been found in breach of the Health and Disability code.

    During the procedure, the surgeon placed a surgical diathermy pencil on her patient, instead of in a holster - causing three deep burns.

    Former Commissioner Anthony Hill says the individual error was not indicative of any system at the private hospital - but it put the patient in harm's way.

    He's recommended the Medical Council consider whether to review the surgeon's competence.

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