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Surgeon given warning over life-changing injuries


A Norfolk surgeon who left two patients with life-changing injuries has received a formal warning by a disciplinary panel.

Camilo Valero Valdivieso was found guilty of "serious misconduct" by an independent medical panel after two operations went wrong in six days.

One of his patients, Paul Tooth, 65, said his life was "a constant struggle" since his operation in January 2020.

However, the panel found the surgeon had "learned from these events".

The findings from the Medical Practitioners Service (MPTS) panel said that his actions had "risked damaging public confidence in the profession".

It heard that he twice "misinterpreted the anatomy" - on one occasion severing a patient's gallbladder.

The panel also concluded Mr Valero's fitness to practise was not currently impaired, allowing him to continue working.

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Source: BBC News, 7 February 2023

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