“It is welcome news that judges have found David Sellu was wrongly convicted of gross negligence manslaughter. Many in the surgical community were greatly concerned by the case."
Royal College of Surgeons
In 2013, David Sellu, a respected consultant colorectal surgeon, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for the manslaughter of a patient under his care. He always argued that he did nothing wrong. This conviction caused consternation among the medical profession.
The case, together with that of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba which followed shortly after, raised a number of questions, which still dominate discussion among healthcare professionals, the law and the public.
Where do system failures feature when an adverse event occurs?
How is it that of the last six professionals convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, five were from ethnic minorities?
Are the law and regulations helping to keep our patients safe or acting as a deterrent to learning from honest mistakes?
A Surgeon’s Story – David Sellu’s riveting and eye-opening account of the extraordinary events surrounding this tragic case – also highlights the serious issues facing health service professionals today and the fact that patients who are considered high risk (especially when it comes to operations) may not, in future, get the choices they deserve.
Sellu has given talks on his experience at the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the Oxford Surgical Society, the West Midlands Surgical Society, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Law Society to members of the Medical Defence Union and other meetings.
Feedback from audience members:
Heartfelt and eye-opening.”
"Very moving but also very informative"
“Quite emotional real-life story, but help for future doctors remains to be seen.”
“Moving and disturbing but we need to recognise the problems that led to his conviction.”
“Candid, emotional and wise. Extremely privileged to have this viewpoint first hand.
'Did He Save Lives? - A Surgeon's Story'
is available to pre-order now at;
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