Surgeon guilty of killing patient

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

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'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

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