Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

Simon Bramhall: Surgeon who branded patients' livers during operations fined £10000

The eminent doctor described as one of the leading surgeon's in his medical field appeared for sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court on January 12 after he admitted two charges of assault at an earlier court appearance, claiming his actions were created to relieve tension during surgery.

Military surgeon Colonel Douglas Bowley also paid tribute to the work Bramhall has carried out on injured service personnel returning from the war in Afghanistan.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said one of the victims, referred to in court as Patient A, received a donor organ in 2013 in a life-saving operation carried out by Bramhall.

Bramhall resigned from the Birmingham hospital in 2014 after another surgeon found "SB" branded into a liver and raised concerns.

" 'Bramhall used an argon beam coagulator, which seals bleeding blood vessels with an electric beam, to mark his initials on the organs, ' the AP writes".

He was working at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital at the time. The surgeon used an argon beam machine to burn his initials into the patient's liver, according to the BBC.

Bramhall was sentenced to a 12-month community order, as well as 120 hours of unpaid work, along with the fine on Friday, the Telegraph reports.

Addressing the earlier court hearing, Mr Badenoch said: "This has been a highly unusual and complex case, both within the expert medical testimony served by both sides and in law".

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'This was conduct born of professional arrogance of such magnitude that it strayed into criminal behaviour.

One of the patients supporting the surgeon told the court how she had been given just three months to live in 2006 when Simon Bramhall told her he would take the decks to operate on her 15cm tumour.

"And no greater vulnerability than that of a patient who's under general anaesthetic and the breach of that trust and the abuse of that power were aggravating features that led us to conclude it was the right thing to do to take this case forward".

He told him: "I accept that on both occasions you were exhausted and stressed and I accept that this may have affected your judgement".

The General Medical Council said previous year that Bramhall's conduct risked bringing his profession into disrepute and issued a warning to him but did not think it warranted further punishment.

"I accept that you didn't intend or foresee anything but the most trivial of harm would be caused".

Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital issued a statement yesterday saying: "The Trust is clear that Mr Bramhall made a mistake and this has been dealt with via the appropriate authorities, including the Trust as his then employer". "There was no impact whatsoever on the quality of his clinical outcomes".

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