by Steven Ertelt
January 13, 2006
Birmingham, England (LifeNews.com) — A British abortion practitioner who nearly killed a woman in a botched abortion and was the subject of sexual harassment complaints from 35 women can keep his practicing medicine. That’s the ruling of the General Medical Council, which did not sit well with the women involved.
Andrew Gbinigie was found guilty of professional misconduct at a GMC hearing in 2004 regarding a botched abortion. He pulled out a woman’s ovary and part of her bowel during a November 2000 abortion in Birmingham.
Then, last year, thirty-five women brought sexual harassment complaints against the abortion practitioner and the GMC allowed 15 of them to testify
On Friday, the GMC Fitness to Practice panel ruled that Gbinigie can continue working.
Nicki Evans-Young, one of the women who brought charges against Gbinigie, told the BBC she was "devastated" by the decision. She said she was considering appealing the ruling.
A GM representative told the BBC she was not able to release the details of the hearing but confirmed that Gbinigie was able to practice medicine subject to the conditions placed on him after the hearing about the botched abortion.
In a separate set of charges in 2000, Gbinigie was also found guilty of sexually harassing two nurses at the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust didn’t take action against him because he resigned his position.
Gbinigie trained in Nigeria before going to the UK in 1995 and getting a job at Wordsley Hospital.
In another case, Gbinigie failed to properly perform a sterilization and a woman became pregnant as a result.