The General Medical Council (GMC) heard today that a surgeon appeared ‘surprised’ after mistakenly removing a patient’s testicle. The patient was due to have routine surgery to remove a cyst from his testicle, however, the surgeon, Dr Hourani accidentally removed the full testicle.
The incident happened in September 2007 whilst the surgeon was practising as a locum at Fairfield General Hospital. He now resides in Jordan where he continues to practice as a surgeon.
The GMC has also heard how Dr Hourani stole two boxes of dihydrocodeine whilst working at the same hospital and on a previous occasion he was due to inject a patient with 10mg of midazolam however he only injected 8mg and injected himself with the remaining 2mg.
The GMC hearing is scheduled to last for approximately 3 weeks.
This news follows the Commons health select committee report calling for changes to laws regulating foreign doctors after a previous incident where a foreign doctor unlawfully killed a patient during his first shift in the UK.
As a clinical negligence solicitor I believe that the laws regulating foreign doctors ought to be reformed imminently to prevent errors such as this arising in the future.
By clincal negligence solicitor, Claire Stockely