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Botched op doctor must retrain
Andrew Gbinigie
Mr Gbinigie can stay on the register
A Worcestershire gynaecologist who left a woman needing life-saving treatment after a botched abortion can practise again if he undergoes retraining.

Andrew Gbinigie was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2003.

He had mistakenly pulled out the patient's ovary and part of her bowel.

On Saturday, a GMC panel ruled that Mr Gbinigie from Barnt Green can stay on the register. It insisted he "regain and update his clinical skills".

The GMC will review Mr Gbinigie's case again in nine months, when it will examine evidence of his retraining.

Chairman Dr Howard Freeman told the gynaecologist: "The panel notes that you have not undertaken any medical work since 2003 and is not satisfied that you would be safe to return at this time to unrestricted practice.

"The panel was concerned that little evidence was adduced of your attempts to keep your medical knowledge and skills up to date during the period of conditional registration."

'With restrictions'

He added that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists supported Mr Gbinigie returning to work.

The GMC had previously decided to keep him on the medical register, allowing him to continue working with certain restrictions.

Saturday's hearing was to decide what those restrictions would be.

In March 2003 the GMC heard how the gynaecologist left a patient needing emergency treatment following an abortion that went wrong.

During the operation at the Calthorpe Clinic, in Edgbaston, Birmingham, Mr Gbinigie ripped open the woman's uterus, pulling out an ovary and a piece of bowel.

The 21-year-old was left fighting for her life and was only saved by a team of top surgeons who had to remove one of her kidneys.

In a set of separate allegations, Mr Gbinigie was also found guilty of sexually harassing two nurses at the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.

But the GMC panel ruled that the gynaecologist could continue to work - and carry out abortions - providing he abided by a set of conditions for three years.

Previous allegations

Following the 2003 ruling, 35 women came forward claiming they had suffered at the hands of Mr Gbinigie.

Of these, 15 agreed to provide evidence for a second GMC probe into the gynaecologist's performance.

The allegations were heard in private and were not made public by the GMC, but solicitors for the women say they related to sterilisations, hysterectomies and diagnoses of Down's Syndrome in babies.

However, in January this year the GMC ruled that Mr Gbinigie could keep his place on the medical register with the same conditions as before.

Mr Gbinigie, who trained in Nigeria before taking up a post as a gynaecologist at Wordsley Hospital in 1995, has never commented on the allegations.

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