London, Aug 12 (IANS) An Indian-origin “celebrity” surgeon who was working at a hospital in Britain has been sued by 57 male patients, after he allegedly left some of his patients infertile, the media reported.
Urologist Arackal Manu Nair working at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital allegedly treated patients for prostate cancer when they did not have the disease, southportvisiter.co.uk reported on Thursday.
One man claims he was left impotent when Nair “cooked” his prostate gland after zapping him with controversial laser treatment.
Others were apparently given a laser treatment known as High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HFIU) even though it has not been approved by the drugs watchdog National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The General Medical Council (GMC) had placed a number of restrictions on the doctor’s licence and he is unable to work unsupervised, or in a private practice, until July 2017, the report stated.
The surgeon, who also worked at Spire Hospitals, resigned from the NHS Trust in July 2015.
“Nair was a locum urology consultant surgeon for the Trust between February and July this year,” Rob Gillies, Executive Medical Director, at Southport and Ormskirk was quoted as saying to southportvisiter.co.uk.
“He was entirely open with us about the restrictions the GMC had placed on him, although they were not relevant to his work here. His clinical practice was monitored while he was a Trust employee and gave no cause for concern,” Gillies said.
Nair has also appeared on a television show in Britain called “Embarrassing Bodies” as a medical expert.