Surgeon guilty of killing patient

A senior doctor at a private hospital in Harrow has been convicted of killing a patient.

'Surgeon ignored urgency' before patient's death

  • James Hughes died at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow on February 14, 2010
  • He fell unexpectedly ill following knee surgery
  • The operation went well but while recovering he developed abdominal pain
  • He suspected there had been a rupture in Mr Hughes' bowel - a potentially life-threatening condition that requires surgery
  • But the surgeon ignored the urgency that the case demanded and the patient later died

Family's trust shattered by 'deceitful actions' of medical profession

The wife of James Hughes, described the suffering the family had gone through in a victim impact statement:

For three years we have struggled to discover and then accept the truth of what happened to Jim. The world does not stand still but for us we have been subjected to a tortuous purgatory that can only be brought to an end by truth and justice.

Our trust in normal processes, authorities and structures of society was shattered by the inexplicable, callous and deceitful actions of the medical profession entrusted with the most basic responsibility to protect human life.

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Senior doctor guilty of killing patient at private hospital

A senior doctor at a private hospital in north west London has been convicted of killing a patient.

Sellu was found not guilty of perjury after he was accused of lying to the victim's inquest under oath
Sellu was found not guilty of perjury after he was accused of lying to the victim's inquest under oath Credit: Press Association

66-year-old David Sellu was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of father of six James Hughes. Mr Hughes died at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow in 2010.