"Labiaplasty is the most common type of women's cosmetic genital surgery in Britain and can be carried out in any National Health Service - centre. "
London, April 12 - A medical tribunal in Britain has cleared an Indian-origin doctor of allegedly performing female genital mutilation on a woman during a routine plastic surgery.

Sureshkumar Pandya, a general practitioner, who did a routine labiaplasty surgery on a 33-year-old woman in East London's Regency Clinic in March 2012, has been accused of botching up the procedure and mutilating the genitals of the woman, identified only as A, in the process.

The panel found the anatomical result of the procedure could be said to be equivalent to Female Genital Mutilation'-, but cleared Pandya of the charge as he did not intend to perform the operation on the woman, Daily Mail reported Friday.

The woman said that the surgery left her feeling violated and butchered with virtually the same effects as genital mutilation, the Manchester tribunal heard.

Chair Anthony Morgan said there has been insufficient evidence to prove that Pandya set out to remove all or virtually all of Patient A's labia minora or vaginal lips.

In your evidence you stated that you were totally against the practice of FGM and would not have any reason to carry it out. In the light of your character and the testimony you gave, the panel accepts this, the chair was quoted as saying.

The General Medical Council - had last year alleged that the doctor was acting beyond his competence and the results were the equivalent of FGM.

Pandya, in his defence, contended that there was nothing unusual about the operation and the procedure.

On being probed about his intention of performing FGM, Pandya said: I am very much against it.I have never done it and I do not think I would ever do it and I did not intend to perform it on this patient.

Pandya's counsel argued that a single clinical error along with admitted record keeping deficiencies was not enough for the panel to reach a finding of misconduct against the doctor, the report said.

Labiaplasty is the most common type of women's cosmetic genital surgery in Britain and can be carried out in any National Health Service - centre.

The doctor could still face sanctions over the bungled operation and admitted record keeping errors if the panel finds his errors amounted to serious misconduct.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 INDIA (136901 views)
 LONDON (80177 views)
 INDIAN (47121 views)
 OMAN (42188 views)
 WOMEN (22463 views)
 MALE (10914 views)
 MEDICAL COUNCIL (8921 views)
 LATIN (7431 views)
 DAILY MAIL (5821 views)
 EAST LONDON (5174 views)
 PLASTIC SURGERY (4451 views)
 SURGERY (3781 views)
 NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE (2635 views)
 VAGINA (1382 views)
 CHESTER (1211 views)
 CLINICAL (181 views)
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002322766
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Europe


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.