South East Wales

No police investigation into liver surgeon Prof David Berry

Prof David Paul Berry Image copyright AUGIS
Image caption Prof David Berry was suspended from the University Hospital of Wales in January 2013

A liver specialist being probed over the "avoidable" deaths of eight patients in his care will not be investigated by police.

Prof David Paul Berry was suspended from the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, in January 2013.

A professional review of 31 of his patients found that 10 died and "eight of those 10 deaths were avoidable".

The case was referred to South Wales Police in December 2013.

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) has confirmed the surgeon remains suspended while an internal process continues.

The General Medical Council is also still investigating Prof Berry.

They say he is still registered to practice, but under certain conditions.

Prof Berry moved to work in south Wales from the Leicester area and was originally put on restricted practice in October 2012 following concerns about the outcomes of some liver patients in his care.

An initial internal investigation confirmed the health board's concerns and he was fully suspended from duties in January 2013.

Two further independent reviews by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) followed.

The second RCS review, of the individual care of 31 patients who underwent complex liver surgery by the surgeon, found that 10 later died and eight of those 10 deaths were avoidable.

"Every death is a tragedy for the family concerned, but we do not underestimate the impact of a death in these circumstances," said UHB's medical director, Dr Graham Shortland.

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