Leytonstone GP fined for illegal circumcision on baby

A Leytonstone GP who illegally circumcised a baby has been fined £4,000.

On October 17, 2018, a four-week-old baby was admitted to Whipps Cross Hospital after a circumcision.

Inspectors for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found the child was circumcised by Dr Saad Shakir Mohamad Al-Dujaily, who rented a clinical room on Harrow Road.

Dr Al-Dujaily was not registered with the CQC to perform surgical procedures, meaning the circumcision was an offence under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

CQC deputy chief inspector Joyce Frederick said: “Where we find providers operating outside of the law, we will always use our enforcement powers to protect people and hold them to account to stop poor and illegal practice.

“In this case the action that we were able to take was a Fixed Penalty Notice against Dr Al-Dujaily for carrying out the regulated activity of surgical procedures without being registered to do so.

“This has resulted in a fine of £4,000, which is the maximum amount allowed in law.”

It has not been revealed why the baby was admitted to hospital or if there are any complications as a result of the procedure.

The practice is rated “good” by the CQC. Dr John Samuel, who runs the practice, is registered to perform surgical procedures.

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Victoria Munro

Local Democracy Reporter