Doctor No Longer Allowed to Practice After Branding Patients’ Livers With His Initials

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A surgeon from the UK has been struck off the medical register after it was found that he was branding his patients…

Simon Bramhall burned his initials on to the livers of 2 of his patients while he was performing a transplant…

The fifty-seven-year-old reportedly used an argon beam – used during surgery to stop bleeding – to burn his initials on the organs while they were under his care.

The shocking malpractice took place back in 2013, while Bramhall was working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth hospital.

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He was found out and subsequently suspended after another surgeon noticed the initials on the liver of one of his patients when they had to have a follow-up surgery after the previous transplant failed.

At the time, he took a photograph of the “SB” brand, which was allegedly 4cm-high, on his cell phone, which was later used against the doctor…

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A year later, in 2014, while an investigation was being carried out into his conduct, Bramhall resigned from the hospital.

In 2017, Bramhall pleaded guilty to the assault charges…

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According to documents from the U.K.’s Medical Practice Tribunal Service (MPTS), he was given twelve months of community service and fined £10,000 ($13,6oo).

In 2018, during his sentencing hearing, it was stated that one of the victims suffered serious psychological harm after finding out what had happened.

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And Bramhall was once again suspended for 5 months in 2020.

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The MPTS “was satisfied that there is no discernible risk of repetition” and said Bramhall is “no longer impaired by reason of conviction.” His suspension was then revoked.

However, the MPTS once again reviewed his case on Tuesday, and concluded that Bramhall’s actions were “born out of a degree of professional arrogance.”

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The report also said the General Medical Council (GMC) made an appeal against his suspension.

It was later concluded that a suspension was “insufficient to protect the wider public interest.”

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Stating that his removal from the medical register would be an “appropriate and proportionate sanction.”

It said: “The physical assault of two vulnerable patients whilst unconscious in a clinical setting, one of whom experienced significant and enduring emotional harm…

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“Seriously undermines patients’ and the public’s trust and confidence in the medical profession and inevitably brings the profession as a whole into disrepute.”

The conclusion continued: “The tribunal rejected the submission made on behalf of Mr Bramhall, that it was to relieve tension. It was an act borne out of a degree of professional arrogance.”

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