Maverick doctor's patients' letters used in tribunal defence

Cancer patients who claim their lives were saved by a maverick doctor who faces being struck off are allowed to give evidence at his tribunal

  • Cancer patients have defended maverick Prof Justin Stebbing in tribunal case 
  • Oncologist admitted failing 12 patients at latest Medical Practitioners’ hearing
  • Dr Stebbing over-treated those close to death or failed to fully explain risks 
  • But dozens of patients and fellow experts’ letters were used as  evidence in trial

Cancer patients who claim their lives were saved by a maverick doctor who faces being struck off have finally been allowed to give evidence at his tribunal.

At the last minute, letters from the grateful patients of Professor Justin Stebbing were read to the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service.

In October, the world-renowned oncologist admitted failings over 12 patients between 2014 and 2017, including over-treating some close to death or failing fully to explain risks.

He could be struck off, suspended, have conditions put on his practice – or the panel might impose no sanctions tomorrow.

Pictured: Professor Justin Stebbing. In October, the world-renowned oncologist admitted failings over 12 patients between 2014 and 2017, including over-treating some close to death or failing fully to explain risks

Some supporters told The Mail on Sunday they felt ‘silenced’ after the tribunal barred testimonials saying they were ‘of little (if any) value to the case’. 

But the panel allowed dozens of letters from patients and fellow experts, to be read as evidence last Tuesday.

Among them was a note from dietitian Hannah Pheasant-Oldfield, 39, diagnosed with advanced bowel cancer in 2017 and given a year to live.

The General Medical Council said that Prof Stebbing wrongly prescribed drugs outside of gold-standard medical protocols, often to frail patients. He is pictured above with the late Sir Roger Moore 

In her letter from late 2019, she wrote: ‘It’s now two-and-half years later and I believe it’s down to Prof Stebbing that I am alive and able to write this character reference.’

The General Medical Council said that Prof Stebbing wrongly prescribed drugs outside of gold-standard medical protocols, often to frail patients.

His defenders argue he was more willing to take calculated risks.

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