Limbs expert struck off after fitting left foot to amputee's right leg

A FALSE limbs expert who fitted an artificial left foot to an amputee's right leg was formally struck off the register today after he admitted a string of allegations.

• The Astley Ainslie Hospital, where Griffiths worked

Prosthetist Malcolm Griffiths failed to spot the blunder during two further check-ups with patient Patrick Morrison, 76, from West Lothian.

A disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council was told Mr Griffiths was prepared to admit all 16 charges against him, including the allegations surrounding Mr Morrison's care.

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The charges related to the treatment of 11 patients over a three-year period during Mr Griffiths' time at Edinburgh's Astley Ainslie Hospital.

The regulatory body's Conduct and Competence Committee, sitting in Edinburgh, agreed to Mr Griffith's own request to have his name removed from the professional register.

Issuing the decision, committee chairman Colin Allies said: "The panel is satisfied that it is appropriate and proportionate to make the consent order as requested."

Mr Griffiths, who was not present at the hearing, was sacked by NHS Lothian in 2008.

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