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South London Irvine Trust gynaecologist Rod Irvine responds to attacks on “integrity”

PUBLISHED: 17:41 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 17:41 12 July 2013

Rod Irvine did most of his work at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup

Rod Irvine did most of his work at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup

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The suspended South London Healthcare Trust gynaecologist has hit back at claims he has not acted with integrity.

Rod Irvine has not conducted any clinical work at the trust since November last year after cause for concern was found in 66 of his patients.

Some of his patients have revealed they could take legal action against the trust if it is found the consultant, who is on full pay and could be still earning up to £100,000 basic salary, did anything inappropriate.

An investigation is ongoing after concerns were first raised in August last year.

A statement from Mr Irvine said: “Throughout my career I have acted with integrity and honesty and tried to do the best for my patients. Patient care is of paramount importance to me and I apologise if anyone has been caused unnecessary distress as a result of this news from the Trust and resulting media coverage.

“Whilst I understand the wishes of the trust to release a press statement the Trust has not yet had the opportunity to see my response to many of the concerns raised in order to assess if those concerns are well founded. I can assure you I am co-operating fully with SLHT over this issue and will continue to do so.

“We must now wait for the final outcome of the trust’s review before arriving at a conclusion that allows lessons to be learned for all concerned, including myself.”

The General Medical Council has banned Mr Irvine from conducting any private work and any NHS work he undertakes must be supervised.

Were you treated by Mr Irvine? Contact the newsroom on 0208 477 3858, email robin.cottle@archant.co.uk or tweet @BexleyTimes.


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