Thursday 29 June 2017

Foot mix-up prosthetist struck off

A prosthetics expert has been struck off over a false leg error
A prosthetics expert has been struck off over a false leg error
A prosthetics expert has been struck off over a false leg error

A false limbs expert who fitted an artificial left foot to an amputee's right leg has been formally struck off the register after he admitted a string of allegations.

Prosthetist Malcolm Griffiths failed to spot the blunder during two further check-ups with patient Patrick Morrison, 76, from West Lothian.

A disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council was told Mr Griffiths was prepared to admit all 16 charges against him, including the allegations surrounding Mr Morrison's care.

The charges related to the treatment of 11 patients over a three-year period during Mr Griffiths' time at Edinburgh's Astley Ainslie Hospital.

The regulatory body's Conduct and Competence Committee, sitting in Edinburgh, agreed to Mr Griffith's own request to have his name removed from the professional register.

Issuing the decision, committee chairman Colin Allies said: "The panel is satisfied that it is appropriate and proportionate to make the consent order as requested."

Mr Griffiths, who was not present at the hearing, was sacked by NHS Lothian in 2008.

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