NI gynaecologist admits sterilising woman without her permission

A consultant gynaecologist has admitted sterilising a woman without her permission and without medical need.

Dr David Sim was working in the Newry, Mourne and Down area at the time.

He carried out the procedure during an emergency caesarean section in September 2021.

He has admitted to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) that the sterilisation was not necessary to save the woman’s life or prevent harm to her health.

The tribunal panel was told that he blocked the patient’s fallopian tubes to permanently impair their normal function.

On Monday he admitted this was in violation of the woman’s reproductive rights.

The MPTS will now consider whether his current fitness to practise as a doctor is impaired because of misconduct as well as any possible sanctions.


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