*This is mind-boggling to say the least. When we go to the doctor and then into surgery and we are “put under,” suffice it to say we entrust the nature of our medical repair to the surgeon. We expect that medical professional to be exactly that…professional. So it comes as no surprise that the unusual and unethical procedures used by a British surgeon while he operated on a patient under anesthesia has landed him in hot water with the medical board.
Professor Ninian Peckitt (pictured above), 63, a leading facial surgeon, has been “erased” from a registry that recognizes licensed doctors in the UK after they learned he had one accompanying doctor hold the head of a patient while he punched the patient in the face multiple times under the auspices of fixing his fractured cheekbone.
Peckitt, who is said to have balled up his fist and struck the patient in the face 10 times, has now been found unfit to practice by the General Medical Council, who has actually brought a case against him.
According to British newspaper, The Telegraph, witnesses to the blows by the doctor gasped as they stood watch over his unusual OR methodology; as he operated on the patient’s fractured cheekbone.
The patient had suffered an industrial accident and was recovering from facial surgery in the hospital when he fell out of bed and fractured his cheekbone.
Erica Rapaport, an experienced dental surgeon who was called upon to assist Peckitt in the OR, says she was “shocked” at the doctors methods. Even more so, when she was asked by him to hold the patient’s head still while he punched him.
“He made his hand into a fist and he hit the patient in the face on the left side of his cheek,” Rapaport told the medical board. “His hand was about six inches away. I think the first time he punched the patient I wasn’t holding the patient and it was then that I was instructed to do so by Prof Peckitt.”
Rapaport said the reason why she didn’t say anything to the doctor then and there is because she was too shocked.
“I understand generally it is nice not to have to make an incision, but I do not understand the uncontrolled nature of hitting someone. I didn’t challenge him at the time. I was too shocked.”
The assistant doctor then claims the surgeon didn’t want her to write notes that said he punched the patient, but insisted she use other wording instead.
“Prof Peckitt asked me to write up the note and I felt very challenged by what he had just done. I asked him if he would write it and he said he would dictate the exact words for me to write down.”
“He said ‘the left malar was adjusted by external pressure’. They were precisely his words. I particularly [didn’t want to] write the note because accurately I would have had to write ‘Prof Peckitt punched the patient to try and move the left zygoma’ and that’s not something I would have wanted to do.”
Despite the presence of witnesses in the Operating room, Peckitt has emphatically denied punching the patient.
Now the professor has apparently changed his story and come forward to defend his methods telling the Telegraph he stands by them. According to Peckitt, he is being singled out for trying to blow the whistle on wider concerns about patient safety in the NHS.
“Using a clinical ‘punch’, for want of a better word, is a recognized feature,” he said.
“CPR [cardiopulmonary resuscitation] techniques using a sternal thump have been used millions of times, and there’s also a technique called Murphy’s kidney punch used for a renal condition.
“I’m not accepting that I punched the patient. But I am saying that I manually reduced the fracture because he was not fit for surgery.”
It does make one wonder, if punching a patient in the face is an accepted method – no matter what clinical term is used – why did he ask the dental assistant to use the words “external pressure” and why is he “not accepting that he punched” the patient.
This “doctor” is a bonafied lunatic. He even looks crazy. And that’s one judgment I stand by.
Read more at The Telegraph