Surgeon who performed botched ops could be extradited from LibyaSeptember 6, 2023
Rogue surgeon who performed botched operations on hundreds of patients could be extradited back to Scotland from Libya, Health Secretary says
- Surgeon Sam Eljamel is believed by campaigners to have harmed 200 patients
- Scottish Health Secretary said he could be extradited to Scotland from Libya
A disgraced surgeon who performed botched operations on hundreds of patients could be extradited back to Scotland, the Health Secretary has said.
Professor Sam Eljamel is currently believed to be operating in Libya after he was suspended from NHS Tayside in 2013.
Michael Matheson said a recent due diligence report from NHS Tayside into the former consultant neurosurgeon raised ‘serious issues of concern’.
Campaigners, many of whom suffered life-changing injuries, believe more than 200 patients may have been harmed by Prof Eljamel, who worked for the Tayside health board between 1995 and 2013, when he was suspended following three months of ‘indirect supervision’.
That supervision was deemed ‘inadequate’ by the NHS Tayside report released last week, and he may have operated on more than 100 patients during that complaint process.
Disgraced surgeon Professor Sam Eljamel (pictured) who performed botched operations on hundreds of patients could be extradited back to Scotland, the Health Secretary has said
Scottish Health Secretary Michael Matheson (pictured) said a recent due diligence report from NHS Tayside into the former consultant neurosurgeon raised ‘serious issues of concern’
His victims have repeatedly called on Scottish ministers to commit to a public inquiry, however First Minister Humza Yousaf has said the preferred method of investigation would be an independent review which would provide answers quicker.
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He also said a potential public inquiry would not be able to compel Prof Eljamel to attend and face questions.
Mr Matheson has now said he believes the rogue surgeon should ‘be brought to account’ for the harm caused to patients.
He said the Scottish Government has extradition procedures in place with Libya which could be used depending on a police investigation.
Speaking to journalists in Edinburgh on Wednesday, he said: ‘The last location we knew that Eljamel was in was in Libya.
‘There’s still a police investigation ongoing in relation to this issue, which is a live investigation and of course we do have extradition procedures in place with countries like Libya.’
Mr Matheson added: ‘That will be determined by the police and Crown Office forward, but that’s a live investigation.
‘My view is that he is an individual who should be brought to account for his actions.’
His comments came as victims of Prof Eljamel gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in protest against the Scottish Government’s refusal to commit to a public inquiry.
Eljamel was head of neurosurgery at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and left patients with life-altering injuries. Despite concerns over his practice, he was allowed to operate on 111 patients unsupervised in the six months leading to his suspension in 2013
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross speaks with protesters outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh who are asking for a public inquiry into the care given to patients by “disgraced surgeon” Professor Sam Eljamel
Dressed in hospital garments and putting on a display representing a botched surgery, protesters criticised the Scottish Government and called for ‘justice for Eljamel victims’
Dressed in hospital garments and putting on a display representing a botched surgery, they criticised the Scottish Government and called for ‘justice for Eljamel victims’.
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross spoke with the protesters outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh earlier today as they made their demands.
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