The Nottinghamshire Coroner has ordered that an inquest be held later this year into the deaths of four patients who underwent procedures conducted by the same gastroenterologist. All four deaths occurred between April and November 2020 following endoscopic procedures carried out at Queen’s Medical Centre Hospital (part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust). Phil McGough of Freeths Solicitors clinical negligence team in Nottingham has been instructed to represent three of the four bereaved families.

The gastroenterologist in question, Dr Muthuram Rajaram, who qualified as a doctor in 2001, completed his gastroenterological training on 1 March 2020 and took up an appointment as a locum consultant at the Queen’s Medical Centre the following day. Each of the four patients died following complications which arose from Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), an endoscopic technique which involves the passing of a tube down the patient’s throat and into the biliary and/or pancreatic ducts. Known complications of the procedure include pancreatitis and oesophageal and duodenal tears.

At a pre-inquest review heard in Nottingham on 21 April 2021, assistant coroner Laurinda Bower formally joined all four cases and ordered another pre-inquest review for some time after 18 June 2021, at which review a formal set of dates for the inquest itself is likely to be fixed.

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