Arackal Manu Nair, an Indian-origin "celebrity" surgeon at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital in Britain, faces the prospect of legal tussle after 57 male patients sued him for reportedly leaving some of his patients infertile. The surgeon has been accused of treating patients for prostate cancer even without having the disease.
One of the patient claims that he has become infertile following Arackal's use of controversial laser treatment on the patient's prostate gland. Several other patients received a laser treatment called High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HFIU) although it is not yet approved by National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), the drugs watchdog. Dozens of more patients are also going to sue the accused doctor claiming they suffered serious health problems after treatment by the surgeon. Lawyers of the former patients are also urging anyone who fears they may have suffered medical negligence, to come forward.
Nair was suspended from the Heart of England Trust in 2014 and an independent investigation was launched. Presently, the accused doctor is placed under a plethora of restrictions on his licence by the General Medical Council (GMC). This made Arackal unable to without being supervised, or in a private practice, until July 2017.
The Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and Spire Parkway private hospital in the West Midlands had written to many of the patients informing them that a number of Nair’s practices had been reviewed. Arackal had worked at Spire Hospitals and had resigned from the NHS Trust in July 2015.
Arackal reportedly served in the capacity of a locum urology consultant surgeon for the Trust between February and July, 2016. Arackal had also participated as a medical expert in a television show in Britain called "Embarrassing Bodies".