A surgeon whose operation led to a patient’s death was among a group of doctors called a ‘cancer in the system’ by their boss, an inquest heard.
Andrea Green, 42, from Barnsley, bled to death after consultant surgeon Hany Ismaiel accidentally cut an artery.
Her death came just weeks after consultants in the orthopaedic department at Barnsley Hospital warned management of ‘grave risks’ to patient safety because of staffing. The issue sparked a feud between management and the consultants - and in an email to Mr Ismaiel six months after Miss Green’s death, divisional medical director Christopher Ruddlesdin said: “The remainder of the division sees the orthopaedic surgeons as the cancer in the system.”
Miss Green’s inquest was halted last year when coroner Chris Dorries asked police to investigate following emergence of the rift. A file was sent to the CPS to examine evidence of corporate manslaughter, but no charges were brought.
The resumed inquest is expected to last for three weeks.