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Birmingham Surgeon Suspended After Claims He Branded Initials On Patient's Liver

24/12/2013 12:25 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 21:01 GMT
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In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, a sign outside the Queen Elizabeth hospital, where Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai is being treated, in Birmingham, England, Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Birmingham Police say they questioned two people at the hospital where Yousufzai is recovering after being shot, raising fears about the girl's security amid pledges by the Taliban to finish the job. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A Birmingham surgeon has been suspended after being accused of branding his initials on a patient's liver.

Sky News reported that the letters were found by a medical colleague doing routine surgery on the patient.

The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust confirmed it was aware of the allegations, and has suspended a surgeon while a misconduct investigation is carried out.

The surgeon in question is believed to have many years experience, and to have worked at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sky News said the branding was allegedly done using a beam of argon gas - for sealing vessels. No harm is believed to have come to the patient.

There are fears that other patients at the hospital, particularly transplant patients, could have had the same done to them.