‘Dying to look good’: Weight loss surgeon loses his license after six of his patients died following his ‘deplorable’ performance

A case of a bad surgeon shifting the blame, he even accused a woman who could not eat after her op of ‘faking it’

A weight-loss surgeon has been banned from practicing after the death of six patients under his care. Dr Dugal Heath’s performance at work was branded ‘deplorable’ by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service after a catalog of errors during operations over a two-year period. Although no proof was uncovered that Heath’s errors led directly to any of the deaths, the 59-year-old was said to have subjected patients to the wrong procedures.

Mrs Blake, 67, was left to bring up her granddaughter when Kim, 33, died 11 months after suffering from malnutrition caused by complications ­following bariatric surgery.
The doctor was found to have made several errors in her care.

Jane White died after undergoing weight-loss surgery

Mrs Blake told the Sunday People: ‘Kim’s death was the worst thing you can ­imagine. She couldn’t drink or eat and was being sick.
‘It won’t bring her back but we’re glad he was struck off. He won’t be able to do it to anyone
‘When she couldn’t eat after surgery, he blamed her and told her it was all in her mind.’
Another patient, Jane White, died after a failed gastric bypass operation carried out by Heath, who went on to treat patients at Whittington for two years following the death of Kim Blake.
A statement from Whittington Hospital said: ‘We are aware of the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to remove Mr Heath from the General Medical Council’s (GMC) list of medical practitioners.
‘Mr Heath has been excluded from working at Whittington Health since December 2012 while investigations were carried out into his practice. We informed the GMC about our decision to exclude Mr Heath and have cooperated fully with their investigation.
‘We are truly sorry to the families and patients affected.’

Heath’s patients were treated at Whittington Hospital in North London, pictured
Courtesy:  Sunday People
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