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57 former patients sue Indian origin surgeon in UK

India TV News Desk London 12 Aug 2016, 19:55:31 PM IST
India TV News Desk

Clouds of trouble have started engulfing an Indian-origin surgeon in UK, as he is being sued by 57 of his former patients. The patients have complained that the surgeon, Dr. Arackul Manu Nair performed unnecessary operations on them.

It is also being alleged that these acts of Dr. Nair have given prostate cancer to his patients. This claim is being investigated by the UK's General Medical Council (GMC), it emerged today.

Apart from prostate cancer, it is also being alleged that Dr. Nair gave a laser treatment to few patients, which is yet to be approved by the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice). The aforementioned laser treatment uses a high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), media reports said.

The GMC has placed a number of restrictions on the doctor's license until July 2017.

Around 170 men who had their prostate removed have been contacted by the Heart of England NHS Trust which runs Heartlands NHS Hospital in Birmingham, where Nair used to work, according to local media reports.

The surgeon, who also worked at Spire Hospitals in Solihull, near Birmingham, resigned from the NHS Trust in July 2015.

"We would like to unreservedly apologise for any distress this has caused," a spokesperson for the trust said.

Lawyers representing former patients are now urging anyone who fears they may have suffered medical negligence to come forward by September 30.

Nair has also appeared on a television show in the UK called 'Embarrassing Bodies' as a medical expert.

 

 

With PTI inputs