Hospital consultant loses tooth in "fight" with colleague outside operating theatre


Hospital consultant loses tooth in 'fight' with colleague outside operating theatreSurgeon Jarrod Homer and anaesthetist Kamran Abbas seen 'squaring up'Pair allegedly rowed about speed patients were being taken to surgeryNurse steps in to break-up doctors but accidentally knocks out toothMr Homer and Mr Abbas asked by Manchester Royal Infirmary to stay away

By
Jaya Narain

PUBLISHED:

10:05 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:45 GMT, 22 April 2013

As respected hospital consultants at the top of their profession you might expect them to set a good example to other staff.

Instead surgeon Jarrod Homer, 45, and anaesthetist Kamran Abbas, 43, went ‘toe-to-toe’ during a furious argument in a hospital corridor.

The war of words escalated into an unseemly scuffle with both consultants allegedly pushing and shoving each other around.

Row: Witnesses said Jarrod Homer (left) and Kamran Abbas (right) were involved in a furious altercation which ended in one losing a tooth

Row: Witnesses said Jarrod Homer (left) and Kamran Abbas (right) were involved in a furious altercation which ended in one losing a tooth

Row: Witnesses said Jarrod Homer (left) and Kamran Abbas (right) were
involved in a furious altercation which ended in one losing a tooth

Desperate to avoid a full-scale
punch-up, a nurse tried to split them up but accidentally knocked out
one doctor’s teeth. Last night hospital bosses were carrying out an
inquiry into the incident and both doctors have been told not to come
into the hospital while it is ongoing.

It is understood there has been no
criminal complaint and police were not called. But the incident is a
major embarrassment for both consultants who are known for pioneering
work in their fields.

Dr Abbas specialises in anaesthetising
obese people and lectures on the topic. Mr Homer is an expert in head,
neck, cancer and thyroid surgery.

The scuffle began as a minor row when
Mr Homer complained about the length of time it was taking for patients
to be brought to the operating theatre.It is understood the delays in
administering anaesthetic were having a knock-on effect, with operations
repeatedly being pushed back.

But the calm exchange of opinion
outside the operating theatre in Manchester Royal Infirmary’s Ear, Nose
and Throat department escalated into a furious row.

Probe: Bosses at Manchester Royal Infirmary admit they are carrying out an investigation into the incident

Probe: Bosses at Manchester Royal Infirmary (pictured) admit they are carrying out an investigation into the incident

A senior hospital source said both
consultants were ‘shouting at the top of their voices, bellowing at each
other and pushing and shoving’.

He added: ‘The surgeon was accusing
the anaesthetist of failing to bring patients down quickly enough for
their operations and very quickly it became an argument over
professional reputation.

‘There was such a ding-dong going on,
with the doctors going toe-to-toe and holding on to each other, though
no punches were thrown. The nurse stepped in between the warring pair
to stop it but as they were pushed apart one of the doctors was struck
in the mouth.

‘He suffered quite a bad knock and was
apparently quite dazed for a bit and we heard later he had lost one of
his teeth as a result.’ It is not known which of the adversaries lost a
tooth.

A senior doctor, who did not wish to
be named, said the scandal had become the ‘water cooler’ topic of gossip
for hospital staff.

He added: ‘It’s absolutely astonishing that the behaviour of two eminent consultants should descend to that of a bar-room row.

‘It’s probably best they keep their heads down for a few weeks.’