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Cosmetic Surgery Group Accused Of Trying To Gag Victim Of Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Months after the North Durham MP Kevan Jones took to parliament to demand better protection for private cosmetic surgery patients, a cosmetic surgery group has been accused of trying to gag a patient who suffered a botched surgery.

December 16, 2016

The Hospital Group carried out eyelid surgery on Dawn Knight in 2012 and she is still suffering the effects today. According to her MP, Kevan Jones, she has now received a letter from solicitors instructing her that she isn’t allowed to speak to anyone about the case, including her MP, who raised the issue on her behalf in parliament.

The surgeon responsible reportedly removed too much of the skin, meaning that her lower lid was pulled away from her eye leaving her unable to close her eyes. She has to apply eye drops frequently throughout the day and apply a thick ointment at night. Her eyesight has suffered as a result and she fears she may one day lose her eyesight completely. The surgery cost £3,500 and this was to include an aftercare package, which includes corrective surgery if anything should go wrong. The issue she has faced is that her surgeon is refusing to admit fault.

Following the letter from solicitors instructing her not to speak to anyone, including her MP, Kevan Jones asked the House Of Commons to investigate further. Speaking to parliament, Jones said: “A fundamental part of our parliamentary democracy is the right of our constituents to raise concerns with their Members of Parliament. My constituent Dawn Knight has raised with me the terrible treatment she received from the Hospital Medical Group following cosmetic surgery. I have raised her case on a number of occasions with Ministers, including on the Floor of the House.”

Jones asked Commons Speaker John Bercow “May I ask you to look at this case, because allowing our constituents to raise their concerns with us is fundamental to the way in which we operate?” To which he responded that he would investigate further, as an attempt to prevent an MP from doing their job could be considered “contempt” of parliament, which is an offence.

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