David Sellu: a surgeon's story


Dr David Sellu was a surgeon with a distinguished record extending over 40 years, but in 2010 a patient died under his care in a private hospital, resulting in Dr Sellu's GMC suspension, criminal prosecution and prison sentence. The conviction was later appealed and shown to be an unfair trial with tinges of racism, but the damage had already been done. In this podcast, Dr David Sellu talks openly and frankly to Dr Raj Persaud about his ordeal, and about his fight to create a fairer, more accountable medical justice system.


Date published: 2 October 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr David Sellu

Audio running time: 60 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the circumstances that led to the wrongful conviction of David Sellu


  • the process a doctor goes through during a medical investigation


  • the features of the medical justice system that place individual doctors at risk


  • the risks posed to patient safety by an adversarial system of enquiries.



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