Fitness to practise investigation against prominent eye surgeon

An ophthalmologist who treated EastEnders actress June Brown has interim conditions placed on his registration by the General Medical Council

Surgery room

London Eye Hospital ophthalmologist, Bobby Qureshi, has had interim conditions placed on his registration while a fitness to practise investigation is carried out.

Mr Qureshi has performed eye operations on a number of patients with age-related macular degeneration, including EastEnders actress June Brown.

However, according to The Daily Mail, an investigation was launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) after a number of patients claimed they were left with little or no improvement in their vision following surgery.

The GMC confirmed to OT that interim conditions were placed on Mr Qureshi’s registration following a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing in Manchester on 19 July.

The conditions include that Mr Qureshi must not perform surgery until a patient’s medical notes and signed consent have been discussed and accepted by a colleague.

Chief executive of the Macular Society, Cathy Yelf, told OT: “We have raised concerns with the GMC and are pleased an investigation is underway.”

A statement provided on behalf of Mr Qureshi stated: “It is an unavoidable consequence of having this disease, for which there is currently no cure, that sufferers will eventually lose their vision.”

“Mr Qureshi’s work aims to give patients the opportunity to retain or improve their vision but, unfortunately, it is not always possible to delay the patient’s loss of sight. Mr Qureshi is careful not to give any guarantees to patients who undertake the procedure. Whilst he cannot comment on individual cases due to patient confidentiality obligations, he is confident that no patients have been misled,” the statement emphasised.

“Mr Qureshi is fully co-operating with the GMC and it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage other than to say that he expects that the GMC will exonerate him in its investigation,” the statement concluded. 

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