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Surgeon guilty of hiding evidence
Steven Walker
Walker was convicted of manslaughter in 2004
A former consultant surgeon who admitted killing one of his patients has been found guilty of hiding the surgery register to hinder inquiries.

Steven Walker, of Camberley, Surrey, was working at Blackpool Victoria Hospital when Dorothy McPhee, 71, died during an operation.

He received a 21-month suspended sentence for her manslaughter in 2004.

On Wednesday the General Medical Council (GMC) found him guilty of hiding the register in his attic.

Steven Walker appeared before the GMC's Fitness to Practice Committee, to decide if further action would be taken over the accusation concerning the register and his court conviction.

Dorothy McPhee
Mrs McPhee lost 36 pints of blood in the botched operation

The panel found that by lying about his possession of the book, Walker's conduct was liable to bring the profession into disrepute.

No decision has yet been taken on what action will be taken against him.

During her operation, Mrs McPhee lost 36 pints of blood and while she lay dying nearby, Walker posed for a photograph with a liver sample.

Walker was found guilty of serious professional misconduct in November 2001 after a series of botched operations that left four women dead and others maimed.

The GMC was told before it considered his case, 16 anaesthetists had refused to work with him.

Surgery ban

Walker was ordered to stop carrying out surgery by the GMC after a hearing four years ago, but was not struck off the medical register.

The panel will now decide if he should be struck off or face any other penalty.

It will also consider whether to extend a ban on Walker practising as a surgeon that was imposed after his criminal conviction.

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