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Gang culture at neurosurgery department, doctor alleges

A "gang culture" existed at an NHS neurosurgery department, a doctor has claimed at his employment tribunal.

Neurosurgeon Mansoor Foroughi is one of two surgeons who alleges patients were put at risk at University Hospitals Sussex, where police are investigating 105 cases of alleged medical negligence.

Four whistleblowers at the trust previously told BBC Newsnight that patients had died unnecessarily while others were "effectively maimed".

They also complained of a "Mafia-like" management culture.

Mansoor Foroughi alleges one colleague was approved to perform complex spinal surgery without adequate training.

He claims a second surgeon undertook procedures that led to a "disproportionate" level of deaths.

Mr Foroughi says a third surgeon undertook private work whilst on call to the NHS, which if true would be a breach of the NHS Code of Conduct.

Universities Hospitals Sussex dismissed Mr Foroughi following a disciplinary hearing which upheld three allegations against him. He alleges the trust punished him because he raised these safety concerns.

The trust said it would "vigorously contest" his claims.

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Source: BBC News, 11 April 2024


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