Simon Bramhall did his professionâ€™s reputation for arrogance no good
Surgeon Simon Bramhall, who burned his initials on to the livers of two transplant patients while working at the Queen Elizabeth hospital, in Birmingham, has been fined Â£10,000 and given a 12-month community order.
Bramhall (now working for the NHS in Herefordshire) was fortunate not to have been struck off. Itâ€™s disturbing enough to think of your body being opened up for surgery, but to have somebody leave their mark there (â€œSBâ€�) is grotesque; as the court found, it was â€œan abuse of power, and a betrayal of trustâ€�. Bramhallâ€™s defence argued that it was to lighten the mood in theatre. Really? In that case, put on some quiet background music â€“ donâ€™t sign a human organ, as if youâ€™re some kind of rock star in scrubs being pestered for an autograph.
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