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Surgeon 'on leave' after PM visit

An irate surgeon who interrupted a hospital visit by the Prime Minister and Nick Clegg has gone on leave, the NHS trust which employs him has said.

The pair were with a group of aides and journalists at Guy's Hospital in central London last week when David Nunn burst in.

Appearing to object to some members of the group not having their sleeves rolled up, he told them: "Excuse me, I'm the senior orthopaedic surgeon in this department. Why is it that we're all told to walk around like this and these people..."

He was then drowned out by a perplexed-looking Mr Cameron and his aides who rushed forward to smooth things over. They swiftly ushered him and the offending group out of the room - and away from rolling cameras.

The medic was heard shouting "I'm not having it" from outside the room.

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust said that Mr Nunn had requested the period of leave. It is not yet known when he will return to work at the hospital.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: "Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr David Nunn is currently on leave. As is usual practice, the care of his patients will be managed by his colleagues.

"The individual needs of each patient will be carefully assessed, and if we feel any patients would benefit from treatment at another NHS Trust we will refer them to the appropriate consultant."

Mr Cameron and the Deputy Prime Minister were visiting the hospital on June 14 to unveil changes to reforms to the NHS.

It is understood that journalists in the group had checked with the ward sister whether they needed to wash their hands and roll up their sleeves, but were told it was not necessary as they were not coming into close contact with patients.


From Belfast Telegraph