Surgeon slams guide decision

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A LEADING Edinburgh brain surgeon has slammed health bosses for not recognising a common head injury.

Consultant neurosurgeon Patrick Statham said he was “stunned” when he discovered NHS Scotland doctors had refused to include post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP) in new clinical guidelines.

The decision came even though studies show up to a third of people with head injuries have the condition.

Mr Statham said: “This decision is daft...[PTHP} fits into the rehabilitation of all patients with head injury, both physical cognitive and psychological.”