Cancer Surgeon Investigated For Having Double The Death-Rate

A cancer surgeon working for the NHS is being investigated for having double the death rate of other doctors, whilst working as a consultant general surgeon at Worcester Royal Hospital.

Out of Sudip Sarker’s patients, one if five had to be readmitted to hospital after having procedures that he carried out.  Mr Sarker was referred to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) in July 2012 after colleagues raised concerns about his work. Whilst an investigation was carried out, Mr Sarker was allowed to continue operating on patient’s until he was eventually suspended.

The NHS Trust responsible is said to ‘have acted as soon as it was aware of a potential problem’ by calling in the RCS, whose investigation found Mr Sarker had double the percentage death rate of most other doctors and triple the number of readmissions.

Of course, spotting cancer as soon as possible is the best way to improve chances of survival but unfortunately Mr Sarker failed to do so for many of his patients.  This level of negligence is simply unacceptable and it is a tragedy that so many patients were seen by him whilst he was under investigation. It is thought that a number of deaths could have been prevented if Mr Sarker provided an acceptable level of care to his patients.

Associate Partner, Maria Repanos, explains: “I have a wealth of experience dealing with medical negligence claims, and if you believe that you have needlessly suffered due to negligent treatment please feel free to get in touch on 0845 456 4007.”

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