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Prosthetist struck off over errors

The prosthetist who fitted an artificial left foot to an amputee's right leg has been struck off the register.

Malcolm Griffiths admitted all 16 charges against him at the disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council, including fitting the wrong foot to patient Patrick Morrison, 76, from West Lothian. Mr Griffiths had failed to notice his error during two later check-ups.

The 16 charges related to 11 patients Mr Griffiths had treated during a three-year period at Edinburgh's Astley Ainslie Hospital. Mr Griffiths asked for his name to be removed from the professional register and the regulatory body's Conduct and Competence Committee agreed to the request.

Issuing the decision, committee chairman Colin Allies said: "The panel is satisfied that it is appropriate and proportionate to make the consent order as requested."

Mr Griffiths, who was not present at the hearing, was sacked by NHS Lothian in 2008.

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