A CONSULTANT surgeon made a string of serious blunders before, during and after operations on 12 patients, six of whom later died, a disciplinary hearing was told yesterday.
Christopher Ingoldby, 56, of Roundhay, Leeds, made "serious surgical errors" and neglected his professional duty towards the public in his care, the General Medical Council (GMC) hearing was told.
The delay in bringing the case against the former consultant at Pinderfields and Pontefract NHS trust has cost it almost pounds 1m in salary, locum and legal fees.
Mr Ingoldby is allegedly in the front rank of the profession's worst offenders. He failed to explain vital details to several patients and their relatives and in one case lied to a family about the reason for a man's death, the hearing was told.
Mr Ingoldby, who was initially suspended with full pay of pounds 61,600 a year before being sacked in July 2000 after two inquiries, is accused of serious professional misconduct between 1990 and 1997. If found guilty he is likely to be struck off the medical register.
Mr Ingoldby has consistently denied that he botched the operations and maintained that his results were no worse than those of his colleagues. He admits almost all the facts of the case but rejects allegations of failure. He denies serious professional misconduct.
Vivian Robinson QC, for the GMC, said: "Taken compendiously these allegations represent a serious neglect of his professional responsibilities towards these patients. Prior to the operations there was a failure to make adequate investigation, failure to obtain informed consent from a number of patients. At operation there are instances of serious surgical error and the making of inadequate operations notes. …