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Former patients of a disgraced surgeon are set to protest at a hospital where his botched operations left them with life-changing conditions.
It comes after Scottish Health Secretary Humza Yousaf rejected calls for a public inquiry into why NHS Tayside let Professor Sam Eljamel operate on them despite facing a probe at the time.
Protesters will demonstrate outside Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital at 1pm on Wednesday.
In 2013, Eljamel – who is now understood to be practising in Libya – removed a tear duct instead of a brain tumour from Kinross mum Jules Rose, 55.
Fellow patient Patrick Kelly almost died after spinal surgery in 2007 that has left him in constant pain and housebound.
Eljamel removed himself from the medical register in 2014 and a probe in 2018 claimed he’d harmed more than 50 patients.
Three years later, Carolyn Almond-Roots won £2.8million in compensation over her botched surgery after Eljamel and NHS Tayside accepted liability. Jules said: “The Scottish Government and NHS Tayside are trying to play mind games with us.
“We’re not giving up – we’re just warming up, and we will get our public inquiry to find out why NHS Tayside allowed Eljamel to conduct butchery since 1997. Because I’m the lead campaigner, they’re hoping to batter me down but they’ve underestimated me.
“There has been internal bias within NHS Tayside and that’s why a public inquiry has to happen.”
Yousaf said he is “not convinced a public inquiry is necessary” because NHS Tayside had “fully accepted the findings” of reviews of “unresolved and outstanding concerns”.
He said: “Concerns about Professor Eljamel’s practice are meanwhile subject to an ongoing police investigation.”
He added: “The Scottish Government recognises the damage done as a result of
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