Sacked surgeon David Jackson erased from medical register

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Media captionMargaret Erskine, one of his patients, said she felt as if she counted for nothing

A surgeon who has 75 complaints against him dating back to 1989 has been allowed to take himself off the medical register on grounds of ill health.

Dr David Jackson was sacked and suspended from the register in 2007 but has not appeared before a disciplinary hearing because he has been too ill.

A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) granted him "voluntary erasure" on Monday.

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust has paid £651,000 to 15 of his former patients.

'Detrimental to health'

In a statement, the MPTS said: "The three experts are of the opinion that Mr Jackson suffers from a long standing chronic illness.

"They agreed that he would be unable to attend to or deal with instructions relating to a hearing, all of which would be detrimental to his health."

Dr Jackson has 75 complaints against him from 16 bowel cancer, breast cancer and plastic surgery patients.

He was dismissed by East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust in 2007.

A number of former patients are angry they received treatment up to 2007, despite the trust making out of court settlements from 2002.

Two complaints were referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2004 and 2005.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has taken over running fitness to practise hearings from the GMC.

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