British Practitioner Who Botched Abortion Won’t Get Medical License Back

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 31, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 31,

London, England ( — British abortion practitioner Andrew Gbinigie nearly killed a woman in a botched abortion and was the subject of charges of sexual harassment from 35 women. He has been unable to find a job since multiple hearings were held on the cases and has now lost an appeal to get his medical license reinstated.

In May 2006, the British General Medical Council determined that Gbinigie, a 51-year-old, could practice medicine again if he underwent retraining to update his medical skills.

He also faced restrictions including only working at hospitals with intensive care facilities and not performing abortions or work in gynecology.

The medical panel said it would review those conditions nine months later.

Yesterday, the GMC said Gbinigie could still not work alone at a medical center for another year and must continue to be under the supervision of another physician. As a result, he could not re-obtain his medical license.

According to the Birmingham Mail newspaper, he has still not been able to obtain a job because the administrators of various medical facilities have refused to hire him because of his problems.

As a result, Gbinigie has not been able to retrain his medical skills and is unable to operate as an abortion practitioner on his own.

Nicki Evans-Young, a young woman who filed a complaint against Gbinigie after he botched a sterilization procedure, said she was happy he won’t be practicing medicine anytime soon.

"I am relieved with anything that stops Dr. Gbinigie practicing the way he was on women," she told the Birmingham newspaper. "I don’t think he should be allowed to operate at all, even under supervision. He is a dangerous man."

Though he is not working currently, he must notify the GMC of any future employment and tell his employer about the restrictions the medical board has placed on him.

Last year, Gbinigie told reporters he did not plan to perform abortions again.
"I don’t intend to have anything to do with terminations any more," he said.

"I have not performed any terminations whatsoever and I don’t intend to perform any in future because I have made that decision," he added. "I was very unhappy with the outcome of Miss A and I take full responsibility for it."

The abortion practitioner is referring to a November 2000 abortion that placed the restrictions on him.

In the failed abortion, Gbinigie pulled out a woman’s ovary and part of her bowel. The abortion ripped a hole in the woman’s womb and tore away part of her kidney and she needed five hours of emergency surgery to repair the damage.

Later, after obtaining a job working at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, 35 women accused him of sexual harassment. Fifteen eventually agreed to testify against him but the GMC failed to take any action against him.