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Top surgeon who burnt his initials into livers of two patients using laser avoids being struck off


A TOP surgeon who burnt his initials into the livers of two patients with a laser has avoided being struck off.

Simon Bramhall, 56, had admitted using an argon beam machine to write “SB” on the organ of an anaesthetised transplant patient.

A top surgeon who burnt his initials into the livers of two patients with a laser has avoided being struck off
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The Sun exposed him in 2013 and he quit his job at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital the ­following year, after another surgeon found the 4cm-high initials on a failed donor liver.

Bramhall, of Tarrington, Herefordshire, was handed a 12-month community order and fined £10,000 in 2018 after admitting two counts of assault by beating.

He blamed his offending on stress at work.

One female patient said she “feels like a victim of rape”.

Simon Bramhall, 56, had admitted using an argon beam machine to write ‘SB’ on the organ of an anaesthetised transplant patient
Credit: Peter Lopeman / Alamy Live News


Bramhall’s registration was suspended for a minimum of five months last December after a tribunal said his fitness to practise had been impaired.

But he has now been given the green light to keep working following a review last Friday by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which overturned the earlier ruling.

No other details of the private hearing were published.

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