Leicestershire surgeon accused over treatment of breast surgery patients
A Leicestershire surgeon is facing disciplinary action after claims he provided poor care for nine of his patients.
The allegations relate to breast surgery patients whom Sead Dzumhur, a general surgeon, operated on between February, 13, 2007 and September 20, 2011.
At a fitness to practice hearing before the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service, he was accused of not planning operations properly, poor record-keeping, not listening to advice from other specialist colleagues and, in one case, carrying out an unnecessary procedure.
Mr Dzumhur's surgical technique has also been called into question.
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The General Medical Council (GMC) alleges that in the case of operations on two patients, on February 13, 2007 and on August 28, 2007, he took away "too much tissue".
In addition, evidence presented to the hearing accuses Mr Dzumhur of causing "damage to the abdominal muscles" of a patient because planning of an operation on February 20, 2007, "was inadequate".
It is also alleged that Mr Dzumhur's note-keeping in relation to an operation of a patient on March 13, 2008, was lacking in detail, and that, between March and June of the same year, he did not "make an adequate plan to manage the anticipated effects of radiotherapy on his patient and did not advise the patient of alternative treatments available".
Mr Dzumhur did not visit one of his patients in May, 2008, often enough after her breast reconstruction operation and did not properly assess her post-operative treatment before, it is also alleged.
At a previous hearing Mr Dzumhur admitted his care of the patient fell below standard in that he did not visit her when she was re-admitted to hospital in June, 2008.
After considering evidence from specialist breast care doctors and nurses at Leicester's hospitals, the GMC has accused Mr Dzumhur of not properly discussing or listening to views from different experts on the treatment of a patient in October 2008.
It is also alleged his record- keeping was not good enough in relation to the patient.
The surgeon has admitted his record-keeping was inadequate in relation to another patient in July, 2011, "in that the consent form did not reflect the operation which was performed".
Mr Dzumhur has also admitted that in September last year he carried out an unnecessary procedure – a sentinel lymph node biopsy – on a female patient.
He has also admitted further failings in her care, including not checking her screening assessment record.
The GMC has called two consultant breast surgeons as expert witnesses.
The panel, chaired by Dr Surendra Kumar, has also heard evidence from consultants at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in relation to four patients.
A spokesperson for the trust said: "We can confirm that Mr Dzumhur works for Leicester's hospitals and we await the decision from the panel."
The hearing is continuing.