Surgeon who branded his initials on patients’ livers allowed to carry on working

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Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted using an argon-beam machine to write his initials on the organs of anaesthetised patients at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

After the conduct came to light, he was suspended but, on Friday, a review found his fitness to practise had not been impaired.

The decision was handed down in private at a medical tribunal hearing, Birmingham Live reports, and no further details were published by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Bramhall quit his job at the NHS hospital in 2014 when he was awaiting criminal trial.

Birmingham Crown Court heard he used the medical instrument, which seals bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity on to the area, to inscribe two patients’ livers as they were under general anaesthetic.

His actions were only discovered when one of his patients had to have more surgery a week later, leading a different surgeon to spot the liver specialist’s calling card.

But Bramhall, from Tarrington, Herefordshire, was later spared jail and instead ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £10,000.

The medic admitted two counts of assault by beating after denying the more serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Speaking at the time of the conviction, Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “The Trust is clear that Mr Bramhall made a mistake in the context of a complex clinical situation and this has been dealt with via the appropriate authorities, including the Trust as his then employer.

“We can reassure his patients that there was no impact whatsoever on the quality of his clinical outcomes.”

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