The Daily Telegraph reports that Professor Justin Stebbing, a high profile oncologist, who has treated celebrities such as Linda Bellingham and Sir Michael Parkinson is being investigated by the General Medical Council over concerns about his treatment methods.
It is reported that Prof Stebbing has been barred from practicing by some Harley Street clinics. HCA, the UK’s largest private care provider, has also informed Prof Stebbing’s patients that as of September they will no longer be able to receive treatment from the oncologist who has been nicknamed “God” by some of his former patients.
According to the Telegraph a whistle-blower has raised concerns that the surgeon encouraged patients to purchase their own chemotherapy and immunotherapy drugs, and supervised treatments which were outside of his area of expertise. There were also concerns raised about his “gung ho” approach to the care of his patients. Prof Stebbing denies any wrongdoing, and it is not known if he will be struck off following the investigation, but looking at comments on social media there are many people who say they, or their loved ones, owe their lives to his care.
David Hawkins, a Clinical Negligence Lawyer at Verisona Law, says ”The investigation is still ongoing, but we will take an interest in the outcome. If anyone has been affected by negligent medical treatment, such as cancer misdiagnosis, or medical injuries caused by a traumatic birth (for example, cerebral palsy) our team of experienced medical negligence lawyers are here to provide help and advice as to whether a claim for compensation can be made.”