Published by BBC NEWS - 28th February 2024
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Great Ormond Street Hospital has written to the families of all children treated by one of its former surgeons after concerns were raised about his practice.

Yaser Jabbar, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, has not had a licence to practise medicine in the UK since 8 January, the medical register shows.

Independent experts are now reviewing the concerns raised.

The central London hospital apologised for any “worry and uncertainty” caused.

The hospital trust said the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) was asked to review its paediatric orthopaedic service following concerns raised by family members and staff.

The RCS then raised concerns about Mr Jabbar, which the trust said were being taken “incredibly seriously” and would be reviewed by independent experts from other paediatric hospitals.

A spokesman for the trust said: “We are sorry for the worry and uncertainty this may cause the families who are impacted.

“We are committed to learning from every single patient that we treat, and to being open and transparent with our families when care falls below the high standards we strive for.”

The spokesperson said Mr Jabbar, reported to be an expert in limb reconstruction, no longer worked at the hospital.

The General Medical Council’s (GMC) website indicates the orthopaedic surgeon was made the subject of certain conditions on 4 January.

Those conditions included having a clinical supervisor at all times and seeking approval from the GMC before beginning work in a non-NHS post or setting.

Caroline Murgatroyd, a solicitor representing one of Mr Jabbar’s former patients, said while news of the review would be “worrying for many people”, she welcomed the steps being taken by the hospital.

Her client has been told they will be updated in eight weeks on the review into Mr Jabbar’s practice.

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