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Cheshire Live has today reported on a ‘pattern of failures’ from Dr Mohammed Djawed Tahery, an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, working at the Countess of Chester Hospital between 2007 and 2018, that resulted in him being struck from the medical register.

Dr Tahery’s conduct was considered at a Tribunal after he was accused of performing surgery to a lesser standard than should be expected, providing false information to patients in advance of surgery and inappropriately reassuring patients about the potential outcomes of surgery.  Further failures then followed when he did not acknowledge and assist when the patients returned with concerns.  6 separate patients gave evidence to the tribunal.  1 explaining that they had inappropriately been advised of a 0% risk of a poor outcome going into surgery and then having to live with the consequences of a poor outcome following surgery.

Following the hearing the tribunal panel reported that they considered that the treatment provided by Dr Tahery was ‘seriously below the standard expected of a competent rhinoplasty surgeon and this amounted to misconduct which is serious.’  He was also criticised for bringing his profession into disrepute with his poor behaviours.  He was struck from the medical register.

Dr Tahery provided care which was below the standard of a reasonable competent medical practitioner and as a direct consequence of that substandard care he caused his patient’s harm.    The practices outlined by the Tribunal are the basis for bringing a medical negligence claim.

If you have been treated by Dr Tahery and are concerned that his actions may have resulted in injury please contact us.  One of our specialist medical negligence team would be happy to discuss your concerns with you.

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The Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust is no longer going to treat patients from Wales except in emergency or maternity situations. The decision is economical. Welsh patients referred by their GPs come with less funding than English patients. The funding is managed by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and NHS England respectively. Last year 20% of the hospital’s patients were from Wales.

The Countess of Chester is just a few miles from the border of Wales so the decision could affect thousands of Flintshire residents. The fear is that other hospitals along the Welsh border could take a similar stance.

Our concern is that this situation could lead to delays in treatment and an overstretched service in the areas that are adjacent to the English/Welsh border. The extra pressure could lead to an increase in medical accidents and a delay in the diagnosis of serious conditions. Both could have potentially devastating effects on patient’s lives and the outcome of their treatment. If patients feel that they have been affected in this way we encourage them to seek advice. We are clinical negligence specialists and can help.