A tribunal is open to cancer patients who believe their lives have been saved by a maverick surgeon who could be struck off.

  • Patients with cancer have represented Justin Stebbing, a judge in a case involving maverick prof Justin Stebbing 
  • At the Medical Practitioners hearing, an oncologist confessed to failing 12 patients
  • Dr Stebbing failed to adequately explain the risks or overtreated patients who were close to death. 
  • But dozens of patients and fellow experts’ letters were used as  evidence in trial

Patients with cancer who claimed their lives were saved from a maverick doctor, who could be struck off, have been permitted to testify at the tribunal.

At the last minute, letters from the grateful patients of Professor Justin Stebbing were read to the Medical Practitioners’ Tribunal Service.

Oct. saw the admission by the internationally renowned oncologist that 12 patients had been mistreated between 2014 and 2017. These include over-treating or not fully explaining risks, as well as over-treating others who are close to death.

He could be struck off, suspended, have conditions put on his practice – or the panel might impose no sanctions tomorrow.

Pictured: Professor Justin Stebbing. In October, the world-renowned oncologist admitted failings over 12 patients between 2014 and 2017, including over-treating some close to death or failing fully to explain risks

Pictured: Professor Justin Stebbing. Oct. saw the admission by Professor Justin Stebbing that 12 of his patients had died from complications between 2014 and 2017. He also admitted to over-treating others or not fully explaining risks.

Some supporters told The Mail on Sunday they felt ‘silenced’ after the tribunal barred testimonials saying they were ‘of little (if any) value to the case’. 

However, the panel permitted dozens upon dozens letters to be read by patients and experts as evidence.

One of them was Hannah Pheasant Oldfield (39), a dietitian who had been diagnosed in 2017 with advanced bowel carcinoma and gave her a year of life expectancy.

The General Medical Council said that Prof Stebbing wrongly prescribed drugs outside of gold-standard medical protocols, often to frail patients. He is pictured above with the late Sir Roger Moore

According to the General Medical Council, Prof Stebbing had incorrectly prescribed drugs that were not in accordance with gold-standard medical protocols. This was often for frail patients. Pictured above is Sir Roger Moore 

In her letter from late 2019, she wrote: ‘It’s now two-and-half years later and I believe it’s down to Prof Stebbing that I am alive and able to write this character reference.’

The General Medical Council stated that Professor Stebbing incorrectly prescribed drugs to patients who were not covered by gold-standard medical protocols.

According to his defenders, he was less willing to accept calculated risk.