Victim of disgraced surgeon reports NHS Tayside to police

Jules Rose, one of dozens harmed by Sam Eljamel, is calling on Police Scotland to launch a criminal investigation into the health board.

A patient believed to be the last person harmed by a disgraced surgeon has reported NHS Tayside to the police.

Jules Rose, 55, was one of dozens injured by Professor Sam Eljamel, who removed her tear duct instead of a brain tumour in 2013 after he should have been suspended.

Rose has already successfully campaigned for a public inquiry into the doctor.

She is now calling on Police Scotland to launch a criminal investigation into NHS Tayside.

Eljamel worked at the health board from 1995 until he was suspended in 2013 for his actions.

Professor Sam Eljamel harmed dozens of NHS patients.STV News

Ahead of submitting her evidence to Police Scotland in Dundee, Rose said she believes NHS Tayside failed Professor Eljamel’s patients.

“NHS Tayside failed in their duty of care to me, and they failed to provide the level of care required by statutory law,” she said.

“The NHS Tayside board and their employees, including the surgeon and other medical staff, failed in their statutory duty ‘to ensure the health and safety so far as was reasonably practicable’ of myself and many others”

“I am requesting that Police Scotland begin a criminal investigation into the criminal failings of NHS Tayside, their employees, and contractors, including Muftah Salem Eljamel, clinical and medical staff, and management staff, for ill-treatment and wilful neglect.”

Jules said NHS Tayside allowed their staff to perform two craniotomies on her between August 2013 and December 2013.

She said: “Their neurosurgeon, Eljamel, removed a healthy part of my body, a lacrimal gland, instead of my brain tumour.

“I assert that he did so unqualified and unsupervised, and he should have been suspended on June 21 2013. NHS Tayside knowingly allowed this surgeon to perform the second surgery prior to suspension the next day, thus placing me in great danger.

“NHS Tayside must ensure the safety of patients. This, they failed to do before, during, and after my operations whilst I was under their care.”

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: “It would not be appropriate for us to comment.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Enquiries are ongoing and we continue to work alongside partner agencies.”

Neil Anderson was left blind in one eye after Eljamel's botched surgery.STV News

Neil Anderson, 42, was also harmed by Eljamel. He was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2006 when the doctor was head of neurosurgery at NHS Tayside.

“It’s left me blind in one eye and I have about 20% sight in the other eye,” he told STV News.

“After the first operation hardly any of the tumour was removed. I was taken aback at that because I thought it had grown back but it was there all the time for the two years that he left me before he went back and operated.

“He eventually said nothing else we can do, go home, phone social work and get a guide dog.”

Neil took NHS Tayside to court over the issue and won with the civil case being settled out of court.

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