A DOCTOR has been suspended from practice after he botched a woman’s breast surgery.
Cosmetic specialist Dr Ashish Dutta, who runs Sunderland’s Aesthetic Beauty Centre, will now not be allowed to practise for a year, but has not been struck off.
He was called before the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service (MPTS) when his patient Andrea Scott was left with horrific scars after an operation to even out the size of her breasts.
Ms Scott, 32, from County Durham, spent more than £4,500 on the procedure after undergoing surgery for a gastric bypass and a tummy tuck two years earlier.
But after having the op, which was carried out by another surgeon, the stitches on her left breast burst open and her implants started to sag from the wound.
Ms Scott claims she suffered an 18-month nightmare after the procedure, meaning she had to have four separate operations to correct it.
“I’m furious he has not been struck off,” she said.
“It was found that he was working while suspended.
“I won’t let this lie and I’m furious.
“He should never be allowed to do anything ever again.
“I will always have to live with what he did and I’ve got it for life – he will be back practising in 12 months.”
The MPTS panel branded Dr Dutta’s actions a “risk to patients” saying they amounted to “serious professional misconduct”.
The Reverend Robert Lloyd-Richards, chairman of the MPTS panel, told Dr Dutta: “The panel considers that your lack of personal insight implies a continuing risk to patients. Your integrity cannot be relied upon.”
He added: “It is determined that your behaviour included elements of abuse of position/trust and of putting your own interests above those of your patient, and that breaching your General Medical Council suspension was misconduct of the highest order.”
Dr Dutta said: “This is my governing body and I must accept their ruling.
“The clinic depends on what I do and I will have to appoint someone to act for us.
“I have done 140 breast augmentations and this was one of the most major complications.
“The GMC clearly accepted that I remain a qualified and adequately trained plastic surgeon.
“This incident is very regrettable for me and for the patient.
“I couldn’t have envisaged or predicted this.”