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No action against surgeon who took out ‘wrong kidney’

No action will be taken against a surgeon who removed the wrong kidney from a cancer patient, a disciplinary panel ruled yesterday.

A combination of factors led to Riza Murat Gurun's mistake after pre-operative scans identified a lesion on the patient's healthy right side.

The patient went into Ayr Hospital for the operation in March 2006.

A General Medical Council Fitness to Practise Panel was told the patient's symptoms were on the right side, a CT abdomen report wrongly indicated the lesion was in the right kidney and a GP referral letter had referred to a right-sided lesion.

A clinical note written by a specialist in urology also referred to a right-side lesion before the planned surgery date.

The panel said it accepted Mr Gurun’s evidence that he never blamed the errors of others or the hospital's system failures. However, it added he bore the “ultimate responsibility”.

The panel, sitting in Manchester, found his fitness to practise was not impaired and no warning was necessary.

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