By Connie Osborne Tuesday 31 December 2013 Updated: 01/01 11:36
A REDDITCH surgeon has been suspended after allegedly branding his initials into a patient's liver.
Dr Simon Bramhall, who has worked at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for more than ten years, is accused of burning 'SB' into a transplant patient's liver while he operated on him.
The alarm was raised after the letters were spotted by another colleague during routine surgery on the patient and it is claimed he could have used a beam of argon gas which is used for sealing vessels to create the marking.
But experts say although it does leave superficial burns, it is not usually harmful.
The 48-year-old, who has also worked at the University of Birmingham as well as a number of hospitals in the Midlands, is now under investigation over the alleged offences.
A spokesman from University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said: “Following an allegation of misconduct, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has suspended a surgeon while an internal investigation is completed."
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