Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Simon Bramhall, surgeon who burnt initials on patients' organs, admits assault

Simon Bramhall leaves Birmingham Crown Court
Credit Simon Bramhall leaves Birmingham Crown Court Credit
Isabel Fisher | 16 December, 2017, 19:14

In an unusual abuse of power case, a British surgeon has pled guilty to charges of assault for burning his initials into two of his patients' livers. Though the surgeon pled guilty to charges of assault, he denied the more serious charge of assault occasioning bodily harm.

The court is allowing Bramhall to remain free on bail until his sentencing on January 12.

It is not harmful and the marks usually disappear by themselves, but when the female patient had a follow-up operation doctors saw they had not healed and saw the initials there instead.

The spokesman said: 'The welfare and safety of patients is the Trust's priority.

The two incidents of assault took place on February 9 and August 21 of 2013.

While operating on the patients, Bramhall used a medical instrument called an argon beam coagulator - which seals bleeding blood vessels by directing a beam of electricity onto the area - to burn his initials onto their livers.


The liver, spleen and pancreatic consultant had worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for almost ten years when his initials were discovered on a patient's...

Patient Concern's Joyce Robins said at the time: "This is a patient we are talking about, not an autograph book".

Both patients were under anaesthetic at the time of the assaults, Mr Badenoch added. "His acts in marking the livers of those patients were deliberate and conscious acts".

The prosecutor said: 'It will be for others to decide whether and to what extent his fitness to practise is impaired'.

He resigned, was reinstated and resigned again in 2014 from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he had served for 12 years.

But in 2013, colleagues discovered that he had been initialing his patients' organs.

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