A doctor whose bungling surgery left a Bridlington woman able to breath only through a tube in her neck is being allowed to return to medicine on Saturday after being declared fit to work again. Nayef El-Barghouty, who worked at Scarborough Hospital for 15 years, was suspended for a year after a series of botched operations. One of his patients, Jo Roche had her vocal chords severely damaged by his surgery. The mother-of-two spoke to ITV Calendar earlier this year.
– Jo Roche, former patient.
"It's affected every part of my life from having a bath or a shower in the morning - a teaspoon full of water down the tube will drown me.''
The surgeon was also found to have lied on oath during an inquest into a patient, who bled to death in a Scarborough Hospital operating theatre in January 2009.
More than 600 people have signed a petition calling on the Health Secretary to bar the doctor from working again, but the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service decided he should be allowed to practise again from December 29 - but with 21 stringent conditions attached to his licence. These include strict supervision and reporting requirements.