A QUESTION mark is still hanging over a locum surgeon who stood trial after a patient died.
Restrictions on the work Mr Hurais Ramis Syed can do were extended for a year at the High Court in London yesterday.
He was suspended from his post as urologist at Dewsbury District Hospital five years ago.
Mr Syed was told to stay away as an inquiry began into the death of Dewsbury man John Hetherington, 67, who had surgery to remove a cancerous kidney.
The surgeon later stood trial for manslaughter over the death of frail, Gladys Allen, 78, from Liversedge, who died of blood loss while on the operating table.
Mr Syed was cleared of manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court.
He remains subject to stringent conditions imposed by the General Medical Council, pending a full assessment of his fitness to be a surgeon.
He is limited in the work he can do and is barred from undertaking locum consultant appointments.
At the High Court yesterday the GMC sought a judge's agreement to extend the conditions until a final verdict by its Fitness to Practice Panel.
Mr Justice Ouseley, who extended the conditions until May next year, said assessments confirmed serious deficiencies in professional performance.
Mr Syed's conduct sparked criticism from coroner Roger Whittaker last month.
He said Mr Hetherington's death "should not and need not have occurred".
He added that Mr Syed was exceeding his terms of engagement in carrying out major operations.
Mr Syed is thought to be in Pakistan, where he originally trained as a doctor.