Gynaecologist given suspended prison sentence as patient left in 'distress'

A doctor offering 'aesthetic gynaecology' services has been given a suspended prison sentence for carrying out procedures without being registered to do so.

Dr Fakher Fouad Gendy, trading as FEM-Aesthetics, has been sentenced at Warrington Magistrates’ Court on a charge of providing regulated activities without being registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The charges relate to a labiaplasty that Dr Gendy carried out on 10 June 2023 under his company name FEM-Aesthetics. Neither Dr Gendy or FEM-Aesthetics were registered with CQC to undertake any regulated activities including surgical procedures.

The patient upon whom Dr Gendy performed this procedure as an unregistered provider, has been caused severe emotional harm and physical distress.

This is a criminal offence under section 10 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008. The sentence imposed by the court for the charge in this prosecution brought by the CQC are as follows:

The director of the service, Dr Fakher Fouad Gendy was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within this timeframe. He was also ordered to pay £5,000 costs and £154 victim surcharge.

Ceri Morris-Williams, interim deputy director of transition - national operations and enforcement, said: “I hope this outcome sends a clear message to others that where we find providers operating outside of the law, we will always use our enforcement powers to protect people and hold them to account to stop poor and illegal practice.

“It is unacceptable that Dr Gendy trading as FEM-Aesthetics risked people’s safety by running a service without the benefit of CQC registration, so I welcome Dr Gendy's guilty plea to this offence.

“The registration process is important to appropriately assess services before they care for people. Services are then monitored and inspected to ensure that they continue to meet fundamental standards of care that everyone should be able to expect. Un-registered services operate without oversight, putting people at risk of harm.

“When we find individuals operating unlawfully, we won’t hesitate to act to protect people, as we did in this case.”

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