Surgeon struck off over botched operations

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A SURGEON who botched dozens of breast operations at a South Yorkshire hospital has been struck off the medical register.

Consultant surgeon Puvaneswary Markandoo, aged 64, worked at Barnsley Hospital between 2005 and 2008 and more than 30 women came forward to complain about the standard of her work.

They complained of pain, disfigurement and trauma at her hands and most received compensation payouts worth a combined total of £1.2 million.

The surgeon was initially banned from practising in the private sector when the General Medical Council found her to be deficient in 11 areas of her job but ruled she was still permitted to work in the NHS if she had retraining and worked under supervision.

But, following a second GMC investigation, she has been banned from working altogether.

Her work was found to be ‘unacceptable’ in areas including the quality of the clinical care she provided, her provision or arrangement of investigations and her provision or arrangement of treatment.

A ‘test of competence’, which combined a written test of knowledge, interview and examination of her clinical work, indicated an ‘overall unacceptable level of clinical performance’, according to a GMC hearing.

She was deemed to have an impaired fitness to practise and her practice was deemed ‘unsafe in a number of basic aspects’.

During the GMC hearing it emerged the surgeon started working in Barnsley in February 2005 but she was ‘excluded from practice’ in July 2006 over concerns about her ‘surgical technique and complication rates, failure to adhere to accepted processes of patient management and unprofessional standards of attitude, communication and behaviour towards some staff and patients’.

One assessor found her performance was ‘so poor that it did not reach the level of a newly qualified doctor’.