Oncologist guilty of inappropriate treatment

Oncologist guilty of inappropriate treatment

Leading Oncologist Guilty of Providing Inappropriate Treatment: MPTS

Medscape

MANCHESTER—World-renowned oncologist Justin Stebbing has been found guilty of providing inappropriate treatment to terminally-ill cancer patients, some who were just days from death.

A long-running medical tribunal, which began in January 2020, handed down its verdict today after he was accused of failing to provide good clinical care to 12 patients.

Prof Stebbing, who'd already admitted 30 of the 36 charges, was found guilty on three charges with three others not fully proved.

The decision will cause serious damage to his reputation and send shockwaves through the UK oncology community and the wider medical world.

International Reputation

Prof Stebbing - nicknamed 'God' because of his pioneering work - is a cancer medicine and oncology professor at Imperial College London and has a private practice in Harley Street.

A MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) tribunal heard of his "international reputation" for innovative cancer treatment, which has led to wealthy patients from around the globe turning to him in the hope of extending their lives.

They've included New Zealand multi-millionaire Sir Douglas Myers and the actor Lynda Bellingham.

But the charges, most of which he initially denied, included inappropriately treating patients given their advanced cancer or poor prognosis, overstating life expectancy and benefits of chemotherapy, and continuing to treat patients who failed to respond or were close to death.

Other charges concerned his failure to gain informed consent by not discussing the risks and benefits of treatment with patients and failing to maintain proper records.

Complainants in the case included Leaders in Oncology Care (LOC), a specialist cancer treatment centre which is part of private healthcare provider HCA Healthcare UK, BUPA and AXA PPP (now AXA Health) insurers, although Prof Stebbing faced no accusations that his actions were financially-motivated.