Surgeon blinded three patients
AN eye surgeon who blinded three of his patients at Yeovil District Hospital has been struck off.
Dr Philippe Leynaud, 62, was brought in to cut waiting lists at the hospital by carrying out cataract operations at weekends.
But the hospital had to compensate four of his patients as a result of legal claims following botched operations.
He only worked at the hospital as a locum for eight days in 2003. An audit of 50 patients found 26 per cent had pre-operative problems compared with the national average of just seven per cent. And 40 per cent had post-op complications – almost double the expected rate.
It emerged that 20 of Dr Leynaud's 69 patients had experienced significant problems following surgery. Three of those patients lost their remaining sight in the eye.