UK, Surgeon struck off for telling patient he had removed tumour

Emmanuel Labram lied to his patient insisting she needed no further treatment

A CANCER surgeon who lied to a patient by telling her he had removed her brain tumour was struck off yesterday for his “reckless” conduct.

Emmanuel Labram continued to claim the woman was fine for two years after her operation.

He insisted she needed no further treatment. But then, two years after the 2008 operation, at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Labram said that the lesion had “recurred”.

The woman, known as Patient A, went for private treatment, but the tumour was inoperable.

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel that Labram, of Maryculter, Aberdeenshire, may at first have genuinely believed he had removed the lesion.

However, he was found guilty of bringing the profession into disrepute by trying to cover his tracks when he realised that this was not the case.

Panel chairman Dr Howard Freeman said: “The panel considers that Mr Labram’s misconduct put Patient A at serious risk of harm, he abused his position of trust and he violated Patient A’s rights.”

Labram’s name will be erased from the General Medical Council’s register of doctors in 28 days, subject to his right of appeal.