Unregistered doctor sentenced for operating on woman

A senior NHS gynaecologist carried out a labiaplasty operation without registering with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Dr Fakher Gendy, a 74-year old consultant gynaecologist from Lymm, Cheshire, performed the labiaplasty on June 10 2023 under his company name FEM-Aesthetics.

Gendy failed to register with the CQC to undertake regulated activities including surgical procedures. This is a criminal offence under section 10 of the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

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The patient who was operated on by Gendy reportedly suffered "severe emotional harm and physical distress". According to the NHS, a labiaplasty is surgery to reduce the size of the labia minora either side of the vaginal opening.

Today, May 16, Gendy was sentenced at Warrington Magistrates' Court on a charge of providing regulated activities without being registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). He was given a 16 week jail term, 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 a £154 victim surcharge.

Ceri Morris-Williams, the CQC's 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.”

Last month, the Manchester Evening News reported that Gendy was suspended from his job for nine months after a hearing before the Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service on separate matter. Gendy was found guilty of serious professional misconduct during the delivery of two children.

The tribunal hearing heard how one new mother lost almost five pints of blood and another was left feeling like a ''cow giving birth to a calf'' during the deliveries of their babies.

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