David was devastated at the death of his patient.
There followed a sequence of extraordinary events that led to David being tried at the Old Bailey and convicted of Gross Negligence Manslaughter. He has served 15 months in prison and is currently out on licence until the remainder of the two-and-a-half year sentence has expired.
Friends and colleagues up and down the country, as well as David’s former patients, are appalled at what has happened and the bizarre chain of events which led to a situation turning into a criminal case. This sad case was complex and multifactorial and it is extraordinarily unjust that one individual, the surgeon, was singled out to take blame for the whole chain of events, over much of which he had no control whatsoever.
We feel David was made a scapegoat. We have launched an appeal and the process is still ongoing; we are waiting for an oral hearing
David had a 40-year unblemished career leading up to this case. The thousands of lives he had saved as a general and cancer surgeon are testimony to his skills. It is our view the verdict was wrong and the sentence unnecessarily harsh. The shock waves caused by the conviction of a senior surgeon with a previously distinguished career have led more members of the medical profession to practise defensive medicine. This means that patients who are considered high risk (especially when it comes to operations) may not get the choices they deserve. This could have a huge impact on patient care in the future as our population ages and their health needs become more complex.
The environment in which David worked is now coming under scrutiny. A recent CHPI report highlighted the number of patient safety incidents in Private Hospitals.
While never forgetting the tragic loss of a patient, there is a strong and genuine groundswell of opinion amongst many (including doctors, nurses and patients who have been under David’s care) that a conscientious, dedicated, kind and competent surgeon has been hounded and humiliated and is now serving time for something that should never even have been considered as a crime.
Our goals are:
1. To bring David’s plight and that of his family to the attention of the general public.
2. To bring to the attention of the medical world and the patients for whom they strive day and night that verdicts such as this only serve to undermine safety in the delivery of healthcare.
3. To provide a boost for our campaign to overturn this decision. See our petition..