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Hospital probe after doctor banned

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The NSW health department has apologised to female patients treated by a now-banned gynaecologist who was found guilty of misconduct.

The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal earlier this month found Emil Gayed guilty of misconduct while working at Manning Base Hospital on the NSW mid north coast.

The tribunal also banned him from practising medicine in NSW.

Dr Gayed was accused of failing to diagnose a 10-week pregnancy, telling a patient she had cervical cancer when there was no evidence of malignancy and unnecessarily removing a patient’s right ovary and fallopian tube, NSW Health said in a statement.

NSW Health deputy secretary Nigel Lyons on Monday apologised to some women treated by Dr Gayed who didn’t receive quality and safe care.

The department has launched a review into the oversight of care and safety of patients treated by Dr Gayed at Kempsey District Hospital, Cooma Hospital, Manning Base Hospital and Mona Vale Hospital.

The inquiry, led by Gail Furness SC, will look at the management of complaints and performance issues relating to Dr Gayed.

NSW Health deputy secretary Nigel Lyons says each hospital will make direct contact with any patient who previously raised concerns about the treatment received from the doctor.

“Ensuring our patients receive quality and safe care is our priority and I am very sorry that this has not been the case for some women treated in the past by Dr Gayed,” Dr Lyons said.

“Our focus is on ensuring any woman with concerns about the care she may have received under Dr Gayed is provided with advice and any appropriate follow-up assessment.”

Ms Furness is due to report back to NSW Health with her findings by September 30.