East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has paid £651,000 in compensation to 15 people who were treated by Dr David Jackson.
Dr Jackson was dismissed by the trust and suspended from the medical register in 2007 but has never appeared before a disciplinary hearing because of ill-health. He has 75 complaints against him from 16 bowel cancer, breast cancer and plastic surgery patients, dating back to 1989.
Former patients are angry over the treatment they received till 2007, despite the payouts from 2002 and referrals to the General Medical Council (GMC). The GMC has confirmed that two complaints were referred to them in 2004 and 2005. Judy Greenhall, of Herne Bay, said she had been in constant pain since she was treated by Dr Jackson in 2006. She recently received an out of court settlement.
A spokeswoman for the Trust said, “East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust would like to offer a sincere apology to any patient or relative who feels they have received treatment that has fallen below our very high standards of care.”
The Trust claimed, “We are the only organisation to take action against David Jackson. We suspended him in June 2007 and dismissed him in December 2007.”
“The trust is aware that since that time, David Jackson has been scheduled to appear before the GMC, but that hearings have been postponed because he has been too ill to appear. Since that time we have reviewed our procedures for monitoring performance, including strengthening our multi-disciplinary review of patient treatment plans”, the Trust said defensively.
“In addition this year the trust has begun implementing a rigorous re-validation programme for all its doctors as part of a national scheme. All our consultants will be revalidated by 2013″, the Trust added.