Surgeon who botched woman’s op is sacked

FILE PIC: Surgeon Naif El-Barghouti. Picture: Scarborough Evening News

FILE PIC: Surgeon Naif El-Barghouti. Picture: Scarborough Evening News

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THE surgeon suspended for 12 months after a fitness to practice hearing into a botched operation on a Bridlington woman has lost his job.

Naif El Barghouty, who had worked at Scarborough Hospital since 1998, was said to have made a catalogue of blunders relating to a thyroid gland operation in January 2008 which left Jo Roche, 42, of St Stephen Road, Bridlington, having to breathe through a tube in her neck.

WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2011 HEALTH THROAT OPERATION'Jo Roche, of Bridlington, whose vocal chords were damaged during an operation on her thyroid gland. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

WEDNESDAY JULY 20 2011 HEALTH THROAT OPERATION'Jo Roche, of Bridlington, whose vocal chords were damaged during an operation on her thyroid gland. PICTURE: TERRY CARROTT

The hearing was also told of three operations carried out on the same day an 83-year-old aneurysm patient Wilfrid Taylor, of Scarborough, who died during the third operation.

The surgeon also admitted lying at Mr Taylor’s inquest.

Last month a General Medical Council hearing suspended him for 12 months.

In a statement issued by Mike Proctor, Chief Executive of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, he said: “We have been considering the action we need to take as an organisation following the outcome of the recent GMC Fitness to Practise hearing involving Mr El-Barghouty.

“Mr El-Barghouty has worked at the Trust for 15 years and over this time there is no doubt that many patients are grateful to him for the care he has given.

“However, the GMC’s suspension of Mr El-Barghouty from the medical register prevents him from practising as a doctor. 

“He is therefore no longer able to fulfil his contractual obligations to work as a surgeon, and this has led to the trust terminating his employment with immediate effect.”

Mother of two, Mrs Roche, who works as a healthcare assistant at Bridlington Medical Centre in Station Avenue, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that he has been sacked from the post and will no longer be operating on people in this area.

“I can only hope if he is employed anywhere in the future they look closely at his record. The GMC does not give anyone a 12 months suspension lightly.

“It is not going to take away what he has done to me, but I am happy that he has gone.”