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Media statement - Mr Sudip Sarker

Friday 21 February 2014

Our statement re Mr Sudip Sarker

"Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is co-operating fully with the police on their investigation into one of its colorectal surgeons, Mr Sudip Sarker. 

"The Trust would like to reassure patients and their relatives that as soon as it became aware there was a potential problem the Trust acted swiftly and responsibly to protect its patients.  It alerted the Royal College of Surgeons in July 2012 and asked them to review his clinical practice.  While the review was on-going the Trust put restrictions on the surgeon’s practice.  He was excluded from the Trust in October 2012.

"An expert multidisciplinary team has reviewed the medical records of all his patients who had undergone a major operation (eg for bowel cancer).  Patients we were concerned about were recalled for further assessment and appropriate investigations.  A separate review of all patients who had any contact with Mr Sarker (outpatient appointments or minor procedures) is being performed by a team of specialist external surgeons.  Patients in this group who require further assessment/ investigation are also being invited back to the hospital.

"The Trust has set up an enquiry line for any patient who is concerned about the treatment they have received.  The number is 01527 503812 and it is operational during normal working hours.   There is also a dedicated e-mail address surgeryreview@worcsacute.nhs.uk"