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Bristol mesh surgeon to face allegations of patient harm

Details of allegations against a surgeon who left dozens of patients in agony after undergoing mesh operations have been published.

A tribunal will look at whether Tony Dixon failed to provide adequate clinical care to six patients at Southmead Hospital and the private Spire Hospital in Bristol.

He had pioneered the use of artificial mesh to lift prolapsed bowels.

The surgeon, who was dismissed in 2019, has always maintained the operations were done in good faith, and that any surgery could have complications.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal, which starts in Manchester on 11 September and is due to end on 23 November, will look into allegations that between 2010 and 2016 Mr Dixon failed to provide adequate clinical care in a number of areas, including:

  • ensuring procedures for some of the patients were clinically indicated
  • adequately advising some of the patients regarding options for treatment
  • obtaining informed consent before performing clinical procedures
  • adequately performing a procedure for one patient
  • providing adequate post-operative care for some
  • communicating appropriately with some of the patients and their family members.

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Source: BBC News, 24 August 2023


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