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Blunder doctor dies of cancer.

A BUNGLING surgeon dubbed The Butcher, who was blamed for the deaths of six women, has died of cancer.

Gynaecologist Rodney Ledward was struck off by the General Medical Council after being found guilty of botching operations on 13 women.

He died of pancreatic cancer in hospital in Cork, Ireland, where he had fled following his exposure.

Ledward had boasted that he was "the fastest gynaecologist in the south east" after performing seven hysterectomies in a morning.

But he was also one of the most incompetent.

More than 200 women filed complaints about botched or unnecessary operations during his 16 years at a Kent hospital.

Ledward, 62, was struck off in 1998 for serious professional misconduct.

A damning report in June this year said the hospital system created a climate of fear and intimidation in which consultants were considered "gods" and managers had ignored the complaints of other doctors.

The inquiry gave horrific details of women who were left scarred, in constant pain or emotionally damaged.

Six men claim their wives died after being treated by Ledward, hundreds are suing for compensation, and police are investigating dozens of allegations of criminal assault on former patients.
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Author:Miller, Ian
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 25, 2000
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