The Signatories

We have written a letter to the Royal College of Surgeons, you can see the people who participated below.

Current signatures (343 in total)


TitleNamePosition
DoctorSayyed Adnan AALIAssociate Specialist
MissYasmin AbbasENT Registrar
MrYasser Abdul AalConsultant General and Emergency Surgeon
Consultant PhysicianRalph AbrahamConsultant Endocrinologist
DrHatem AbusriwilConsultant Respiratory Physician
MrDonald AdamConsultant Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon
DrMark AdelmanConsultant Haematologist (retired)
MrTushar AgarwalConsultant Surgeon
DrImran AhmedConsultant in Anaesthetics & Critical Care Medicine
MrJahangir AhmedSTR Otolaryngology
MrsSeema AhmedMedical Education Manager RNOH
DrMuhammad AhsanConsultant Physician & Geriatrician
DrArmaan AkhtarCT2
MrDeji AkiboyeUrology SpR
DrZaid Al-asadyGP
DrFouad Al-BaajConsultant Nephrologist
DrKandasamy AlagesanRetired Intensivist
Drminh alexanderformer consultant psychiatrist
DrLeena AliConsultant Anaesthetist
DrSafdar AliGP
DrEman AlkizwiniTrainee
ProfessorTim Allen-MershProfessor of Gastrointestinal Surgery
DrAmit AminConsultant Microbiologist
ProfessorDavid AndersonProfessor of Cardiac Surgery
DrPaul AndrewsConsultant Physician
MrMasoud AnsaripourEndoscopy manager
MrAsit AroraENT SpR
MrShoaib ArshadST7 T&O
DrPenelope AtkinsonGP
DrZaid AwadFellow in Head and Neck Surgery
MrsSara BadvieConsultant Surgeon
MrMartin BaileyConsultant Paediatric ENT Surgeon
DrKemi BakoST 7 Paediatric
MrRajeshkumar balasubramanianSurgical Registrar
MrsPhilippa BallerioIntensive Care Nurse
MrM BarkejiCons Surgeon
MrMike BaterConsultant Maxillofacial / Head and Neck surgeon
MrDeepak BaturaConsultant Urology-Locum
DrCharlotte BearcroftConsultant Gastroenterologist
ProfessorJonathan BeardConsultant Vascular Surgeon
DrHelen BeardsellGP
MissElinor BeattieConsultant in Emergency Medicine
MrNebil BeharConsultant Emergency surgeon
DrJacqueline BelbeckGP
ProfessorAnna-Maria BelliProfessor of Interventional Radiology
MissAmy Benjamin
DrRobert BernsteinConsultant Rheumatologist
MrMichael BeverlyConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MrMichael BeverlyConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MrSatish BhaleraoConsultant Surgeon
DrRekha BhallaRespiratory Consultant
MissJasprit BhamrahGP Registrar MRCS
DoctorEsmat BhimaniURGENT CARE
MissJemma BhodayGeneral Surgery Registrar
MrRichard BirdConsultant General and Vascular Surgeon, TPD NC Core Surgery
MrPaul BlairConsultant Vascular Surgeon & President of Vascular Society
MrBenjamin BlochFRCS (Tr&Orth), post-CCT fellow in orthopaedics
DrShirine Boardmanconsultant
Lloyd BowdenHospital manager & Patient
DrDavid Bramble BrambleConsultant Psychiatrist
DrHelen BroughConsultant in Paediatric Allergy
DrVincent BULSOConsultant in Intensive Care Medecine and in Anaesthesia
ProfessorKevin BurnandProfessor of Surgery
DrKit ByattConsultant geriatrician
DoctorGordon CaldwellConsultant Physician FRCP
MrsHayley Carty
DrFederico CastellanosLocum ED Consultant
DrAndrew ChadwickRespiratory and Critical Care Registrar
MrKonstantinos ChaidasENT clinical fellow
MrBen ChallacombeConsultant Urologist
DrJohn ChambersConsultant Cardiologist
MrMichalis CharalambousSpR General Surgery
DrJocelyn CherryEmergency Care Fellow
MrPatrick ChongConsultant Vascular and Endovascular Surgeon
MrAbhay ChopadaConsultant Surgeon
DrSimon ChowdhuryConsultant Oncologist
MrMatthew ClarkeHistopathology Registrar
DrStuart CoghillConsultant Histopathologist
DrPeter ConnickWellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Honorary Consultant Neurologist
DrJohn CosgroveGP
DrMalcolm CoulthardConsultant paediatric nephrologist
MrsChristine CraigConsultant Colorectal Surgeon
MrMichael Crumplinretired consultant surgeon
DrMary CumminsConsultant Paediatrician
DrWynne DaviesConsultant anaesthetist
professorcharles davisconsultant neorosurgeon
DrSamir DawlatlyGP
MrsMary DawoodConsultant Nurse
MsRosannah DawoodEvent Manager
MrsMary DawoodConsultant Nurse
MrPeter DawsonConsultant Surgeon
DrTanya De WeymarnConsultant em
mrben deansurgeon in training
MrKanaiyalal DesaiRetired Consultant Urological Surgeon
drmurali dharanGP
DrArjun DhillonGP
DrDaniel DietchGP
DrMohyudin DingleCT3 Emergency Medicine
DrRavi DissanayakeRegistrar
MrsAngela Douse KytePsychotherapist
DrAnna DownGP
DrPeter DoyleConsultant in Emergency Medicine
DrDavid DrewRetired paediatrician
DrMustak DukandarConsultant Emergency Physician
DrSusan DuncanConsultant Neurologist
MrMatthew DunckleyColorectal specialist registrar
DrHala El-saidAssociate specialist in Anaesthetics
ProfessorBrian W. EllisRet Urological Surgeon
MrJoe EllulConsultant surgeon
Dr.Ryan FisherResident Physician
Drsylvie flaisconsultant radiologist
MrGeorge FowlisConsultant Urological Surgeon
MrIan FranklinConsultant Vascular Surgeon
MrSimon FraserConsultant Vascular Surgeon
Mr.Luca FusiConsultant O7G
MrJames GallagherConsultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
MrDavid GerrardConsultant Vascular Surgeon
MrRichard GibbsConsultant Vascular Surgeon
MrMuchabayiwa GidiriConsultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
MrMalachy GleesonConsultant Urologist
MrsSophie GohilPhlebotomy Manager
DoctorSaleem GoolamaliConsultant Dermatologist
DrLaurie GordonPsychiatrist
MrsSamantha GordonConsultant ophthalmologist
ProfessorMichael GoughProfessor of Vascular Surgery
ProfessorJanet GrantProfessor of Medical Education
DrMatthew GreenGeneral Practitioner
MrMichael Haasproducer
MissDiana Hamilton-FairleyConsultant Gynaecologist
MrMaher HamishConsultant Vasuclar Surgeon
DrPhil HammondNHS Associate Specialist
MrLiviu Hanu-CernatConsultant Maxillofacial Surgeon
DrDalvina Hanu-CernatConsultant Physician
DrDavid HarrisConsultant Dermatologist
DrMiranda HarvieConsultant
David HassanSolicitor
DrAfaf Hassanconsultant chemical pathologist
DrJamal HayatConsultant Gastroenterologist
MrPaul HerbertLocum consultant surgeon
DrDavinia HetheringtonGP
Drmaxine hogarthconsultant Rheumatologist
DrWarren HyerConsultant Paediatrician
Sonna IfeachoENT
DrTony IkeGP
MrMazhar IqbalConsultant maxillofacial surgeon
DrStephen IsaacsConsultant Child Psychiatrist (retired)
MrThomas JacquesENT Specialty Registrar
MrMatthew JamrsConsultant surgeon
MrLloyd JenkinsonRetired Consultant Surgeon
DrObukohwo JerohLocum ST2
ProfessorLong JiaoProfessor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon
MrChristopher JohnstonRetired general and colorectal surgeon
Philip JonesConsultant Anaesthetist (retired)
MrJonathan JosephSpecialist Trainee
DrLiji Joseph
MrHoward JoyConsultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
MrMaciej JuszczakST6 in General & Vascular Surgery
MrRaghu KadabaSurgical registrar
MrAmir KaisaryConsultant Urological Surgeon
hala kanonaSpR ENT
MrSarantos KaptanisSurgeon
DrRaham KarimaghaeiA&E SPR
DrPeter KaufmannRetired Neurologist
DrLesley KayClinical Director for Patient Safety and Quality
MrSteven KeyConsultant Maxfax
MrAman KhannaENT Registrar
ProfessorRoger KirbyMedical Director of The Prostate Centre
Daniel KonnSpR Clinical Neurophysiology
DrBehabay KoromaSpecialty Doctor
MrMahesh KumarConsultant Surgeon
Ping-Yi KuoConsultant Anaesthetist
MrRuss LadwaGDP
DrKushik LallaSAS A&E and Surgery
DrRoger Langfordconsultant anaesthetist
MrSergios LatisHead & Neck Surgery Fellow
MrMatt LechnerSpR ENT
MrSon LettConsultant Ophthalmologist
DrGraeme LittleGeneral Practitioner
MrsHelen LittlePersonal Administrator; Research and Development
MrJonathan LucasConsultant Spinal Surgeon, Guys and St Thomas,'NHS Foundation Trust
DrWilliam LynnConsultant Physician
DrAmarpal MaanGP
MrAlasdair MaceConsultant ENT Surgeon
DrBeenu MadhavanConsultant Anaesthetist
MrTiarnan MagosENT trainee
MrsNeila MahadevanConsultant Obstetrician
DrRitu MalaiyaSpR Rheumatology
Dr.Christopher MaleConsultant Intensivist (retired)
MrRishi MandaviaCT1
DrMartin Mansell MD FRCPConsultant Nephrologist
DrRuth MarchantGP
ProfessorRobert MasonProfessor of GI Surgery
DrHugh MatherRetired Consultant Physician
DrRamnik MathurConsultant Paediatrician, Ealing Hospital
MissElizabeth MaughanENT Surgical Trainee
mrbryan mayouplastic surgeon
MrPeter McDonaldConsultant Surgeon
DrDermot McGuckinAnaesthetic Registrar
MsJennifer McIlhennySpecialty Registrar 8 in General Surgery
MrAndrew McIrvineConsultant Vascular Surgeon
MissSarah McLaughlinEvent Manager
DrImogen MeasdayGP
DrShireen MeherConsultant Obstetetician
DrSanjeev MehtaConsultant Physician
MrDavid MelvilleConsultant Surgeon
DrSamuel MercerFY2 Emergency medicine
DrColin MichieConsultant Paediatrician
MrsAbby MillerPersonell
drHeide MillsENT SpR
Aswini MisroRegistrar
DrC MitiST5 O&G
Dr.Owais MohsinSpecialty Doctor
DrKisha MooreConsultant Emergency Physician
DrGregory MoranConsultant Clinical Neurophysiologist Edinburgh
DrClare MorrisonGeneral Practitioner
DrHenry MorrissConsultant Intensivist
MrTerence MuglistonConsultant ENT Surgeon
MrIain MuirConsultant Vascular & Endocrine Surgeon
DrHaresh MulchandaniConsultant in Anaesthesia
DrColin MumfordConsultant Neurologist
MrKarl MurphyConsultant Obstetrician
DrSarada MurthyConsultant Paediatrician
MrRobert NashENT SpR
MrS Soosai NathanConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - WMUH
DrNazim NathaniConsultant
DrFarrah NazSpecialty doctor in emergency medicine
DrDavid NichollClinical Lead for Neurology & Neurophysiology
DrFiona NichollsConsultant Anaesthetist
DrAli NoordeenGP
MrAndrew O'BrienConsultant Spinal Surgeon
MrsJanet O'ConnellConsultant Head and Neck surgeon
DrStephen O'ReillyGP Registrar
MrAustin ObichereConsiltant Colorectal Surgeon
DrMoyo OdukunleRegistrar Emergency Medicine
DrHumphrey OkuonghaeConsultant Paediatrician
MrHasan OmranGeneral Practitioner
DrYL OngConsultant Haematologist
MissNara OrbanENT
MrKalpesh PatelConsultant ENT Surgeon
drrikin patelgp
MissAbhilasha PatelColorectal Registrar
DrRajan PawConsultnat Emergency Physician
ProfessorSimon PayneConsultant Emergency Physician
DrMable PereiraSpecilty Doctor
MsSavitri M. PereraEx. Theatre sister
DrKosala PereraGeneral Practitioner
MrDavid PetersonConsultant Neurosurgeon
ProfessorRobin PhillipsConsultant Surgeon
MrStephen PollardConsultant Surgeon
MrAndrew QuaileConsultant Spinal Orthopaedic Surgeon
MrImran RafiqConsultant spine surgeon
MissMahalakshmi RagunathMedical Director and Consultant in Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecology
MrDurgesh RajeConsultant Surgeon
MrSubramanian RameshConsultant Colorectal Surgeon
DrPradeep RaoConsultant Psychiatrist
MrAsif RazaConsultant urologist
drchalla srinath prasanth reddygp
Dr.David RedmanConsultant Anaesthetist
DrJohn ReidyConsultant Interventional Radiologist
MissSophie RentonConsultant Vascular Surgeon
MrNigel RichardsonConsultant Surgeon
DrSharon RichmanConsultant Paediatrician
MrAnthony RobinsonHead of Dept ENT Surgery/ Consultant
MrMike RockerConsultant Vascular Surgeon
DrStuart RosenConsultant Cardiologist
MrTom RosenbaumConsultant Urologist
MrSimon RowlandCT2 Surgery
DrSudhan RoyGeneral Practitioner
MrSukitha RupasingheGeneral Surgical StR
DrAlfa Sa'aduMedical Director
DrFred SackeyLocum Consultant Emergency Medicine
DrGurjinder SandhuConsultant Infectious Diseases
DrJames SangsterST2 Forensic Medicine
DrKhaled SarayaConsultant Emergency Physician
MrPiyush SarmahSurgical trainee
DrNavtej SathiConsultant Acute Physician
DrWilliam SaywellRetired Consultant radiologist
DrJoseph SebastianConsultant Anaesthetist
DrM SenConsultant
DrFarrukh ShahConsultant haematologist
drnahed SHALTOOTconsultant Obstetrics & Gynaecology
DrSohail ShariqConsultant In Gastroenterology
MrHermant ShethConsultant Surgeon
MrHemant ShethCons UGI & Laparoscopic Surgeon
MsRose ShivmangalEmergency Nurse
MrShahab SiddiqiConsultant General Surgeon
MrSid SinhaSpR General Surgery
DrShanmugasundaram SivakumarConsultant Paediatrician
DrVic SivanesanGP
Mr.David SkidmoreConsultant Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist
DrDavid SlovickConsultant Physician
MrAusten SMITHConsultant OMFS , TPD, Officer BAOMS
MrBob SoinConsultanat Surgeon
MrSantosh Kumar SomasundaramSenior Clinical Fellow
DrNigel SpeightLocum Paediatrician
DrJason SpencerGP
DrEmma SpillerGP
MissShalini SrivastavaConsultant Obs and Gynae
DrPeter StandenCT2 Medicine
ProfessorNigel StandfieldProfessor of Vascular Surgery and Surgical Education
DrSiobhán StapletonGP Principal
DrDavid StarbuckGP
DrTony StarczewskiConsultant Physician (retired)
DrRos StewartGeneral practitioner
MrIan StreetConsultant
DrTania StricklandAnaesthetist
DrAndrew SwampillaiSpecialist trainee - Ophthalmology
MrAli TaghiConsultant surgeon
ProfessorPeter TaylorRetired Vascular Surgeon
DrRobert Taylor-SmithAssociate Specialist Emergency Medicine
ProfessorMatt ThompsonProfessor of Vascular Surgery
DrAlison ThwaitesConsultant Anaesthetist
MrSheo B TibrewalConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
DrAndrew TobiasAviation Medical Examiner
MrNeil TolleyConsultant ENT-Thyroid Surgeon
MrPhil TozerSurgical Registrar, North West Thames
MissSamantha TrossConsultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
DRmarie tsoG.P
MrAjai TyagiConsultant Ophthalmologist
MrSamit UnadkatSpR in Otolaryngology
MrJohn VaFayeClinical director & Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
DrJenny VaughanConsultant Neurologist
DrVikranth VenugopalanConsultant Neonatologist
MrMatthew VenusConsultant Plastic Surgeon
MissStella VigConsultant Vascular and General Surgeon
DrJohn VogelConsultant Anaesthetist
DrNadya WallRenal Registrar
DrMaybelle WallisConsultant Paediatrician
MrsChristine WardEducation Services Manager
DrPaul WarwickerConsultant Nephrologist
DrRani WasalaConsultant
DrMartin WasikRegistrar in Ophthalmology
DrEric WattsConsultant Haematologist (Ret)
DrEric WebbGeneral Practitioner
DrElizabeth WhiteheadConsultant Anaesthetist
DrTim WilkinsonST3 Neurology
MissKatherine WilliamsClinical Research Fellow
DrAnna WilliamsHonorary Consultant Neurologist and Senior Research Fellow
MRMICHAEL WILLSRETIRED UROLOGICAL SURGEEON
MrLester WilsonConsultant Spine Surgeon
DrFiona WisniackiConsultant Emergency Medicine
DrRobert YatesConsultant Paediatric Intensivist
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The Letter

 


Ms Clare Marx, CBE, DL, PRCS
President
Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3PE

Dear Ms Marx

You will no doubt be aware of the increasing incidents of doctors being investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) with a view to bringing charges for Gross Negligence Manslaughter following an unexpected death of a patient.  Regrettably the CPS cannot confirm this increase as they claim not to record the occupation of individuals suspected of criminality. However we are concerned about a possible increase in criminal investigations over the last 18 months, with at least four cases reported in the media during 2015 alone. Over the same time there has been a notable increase in the number of times police have been called in to investigate hospital deaths.

All responsible doctors want malpractice to be rooted out of the profession. However we are adamant that individual doctors, who are readily blamed in circumstances where mistakes and delays have culminated in a patient’s death, should be given a fair trial. This means ensuring that the evidence given to judge and jury should properly, and accurately, reflect the facts as known to the doctor under the particular circumstances in which they were making decisions affecting that patient’s care. The quality of evidence given by expert witnesses is variable and may be heavily biased. We are concerned that retrospective analysis of evidence may produce unfair trial outcomes and will do nothing to uphold patient safety.

The reality is that unexpected deaths in healthcare more commonly result from a chain of events rather than one individual doctor’s gross negligence. We are concerned that jailing doctors allows systemic failures, which commonly provide the context in these cases, to recur which may then result in further unexpected deaths.

We are also concerned about a climate of fear enveloping healthcare in this country where unrealistic expectations are placed on doctors. As the population gets older, has more chronic co-morbidities and takes increasing amounts of medication, doctors will be reluctant to take on high risk patients for fear of being prosecuted in the event of a death.

We are similarly writing to each president as it is our firm view that the Royal Colleges should:

  1. embark on a process of reviewing, registering and overseeing the quality and training of expert surgical witnesses to both coroners’ and criminal courts.  This would be in the best interests of patient safety and the future of the profession;
  2.  form a working party to review the quality control of expert witnesses.  The working party, together with the Lord Chief Justice and the Office of the Chief Coroner, should be safeguarding fairness in future gross negligence manslaughter trials involving doctors;
  3. establish a process of nominating expert witnesses from suitably qualified individuals to prevent expert witness “shopping” by either prosecution or defence;
  4.  suggest to the Attorney General that the CPS should begin to compile data on the professional occupation and ethnicity of those it chooses to investigate.  Ethnic monitoring is now essential to ensure fair treatment irrespective of background. There is evidence to suggest that there are excess successful prosecutions of and disproportionate charging of doctors from black and ethnic minorities ( Quick et al 2015). This will do nothing to encourage diversity within the profession.

All doctors need to have full confidence in the Royal Colleges. As a collective body we would like to see them show how high a value they place on probity within the criminal justice system insofar as it affects the profession.