A senior transplant surgeon has been accused of postponing an operation on an NHS patient in order to treat a private patient.

Imperial College NHS Trust alleges that Professor Nadey Hakim delayed a kidney and pancreas transplant so that he could treat a patient at his private Harley Street practice.

It is thought Professor Hakim was suspended last year. A recent investigation has led to him being dismissed for gross misconduct.

He has since stepped down from his position as surgical director at the West London Renal and Transplant Centre at Hammersmith Hospital.

Professor Hakim denies the allegations but has not offered a statement for legal reasons.

An Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said: “We take the safety of our patients extremely seriously and have conducted a thorough investigation.”

“The private patient involved in this case was not a patient at one of our hospitals. We can confirm that this member of staff is no longer working at the Trust.”

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