Gastric band surgeon was censured by French ministry

A FRENCH cosmetic surgeon, who is suspended from practising in Ireland pending the outcome of a Medical Council ruling, was also censured by the French Health Ministry in 2006.

Mr Jerome Manuceau was in Dublin this week to appear at the inquest of one of his patients, Bernadette Reid who died last year after a gastric band operation.

It has emerged that 10 years previously, Mr Manuceau was at the centre of an inquiry on the French West Indies island of Desirade after up to 220 inhabitants on the island were operated upon for appendicitis. The previous year just three such operations took place.

He was never convicted of any wrongdoing in the Desirade inquiry but the legal battle continued for 10 years through the French courts. In 2006, the French medical regulatory body, the Conseil National de l’Ordre des Medecins declared that any patient with state health insurance would not be reimbursed for work completed by Mr Manuceau.

A year later, he was at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery in Dublin when Bernadette Reid arrived in his clinic, looking for a gastric band procedure. Her inquest ruled she died after surgery from a cardiac condition.

Mr Manuceau was suspended from practise by the British Medical Council this April. The Irish Medical Council is investigating the surgeon after complaints. He is now back in Paris performing gastric bands.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner last night, Mr Manuceau said he has “always been open about what happened at Desirade” and that “the water was contaminated but the authorities wouldn’t take the blame”.

He argued: “I was not prevented from practising in France in 2006. I was prevented from treating patients with social assurance. The authorities just wanted to get me after Desirade. They invented a lot of things about me but patients never complained.”

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