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Nairobi hospital board investigates botched operation

Publish date: 12 March 2018
Issue Number: 765
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Kenya

Four medical officials linked to last month's brain surgery mix-up at a Kenyan hospital have been allowed back to work. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Nairobi’s Kenyatta National Hospital suspended a trainee surgeon, an anaesthetist and two nurses after they performed brain surgery on the wrong patient on 19 February. Hundreds of trainee doctors at the hospital downed tools in protest. It appears that there was 'a horror mix-up of tags' which resulted in the wrong man being wheeled into theatre and his skull opened. BBC News reports that the hospital board said it was handing responsibility for investigating the incident to the Kenyan Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, which will then take disciplinary action.

Full BBC News report