Though Dr. Jerome Manuceau has been banned from practicing medicine in the UK, that hasn’t stopped him from wielding his scalpel over British citizens.
The doctor accused of negligence has taken his practice to Paris and begun advertising via the internet for UK patients to come on over to France so he can operate on them there. It’s a new twist in the popular “cosmetic tourism” trend where patients travel overseas for aborted the desired procedures that are cheaper in other countries. Dr. Manuceau has capitalized on his ability to woo patients through internet advertising in spite of his notorious reputation in his home town of Belfast.
It all began when his patient Bernadette Reid died of complications from surgery at Manuceau’s Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Dublin in 2007. The morbidly obese woman was having a gastric band fitted but Manuceau aborted the surgery when he discovered cancer in the woman’s abdominal cavity. The mother of six died hours after the aborted surgery leaving a lot of questions for what really happened in the operating room.
Soon after, allegations surfaced against Dr. Manuceau in four other cases, prompting the Irish Medical Council to suspend Manuceau from practicing medicine in the UK. While charges are pending Manuceau is still seeing patients, he has opened up a clinic in Paris and is encouraging his UK clients to travel to Paris for procedures. He touts his new attitude on his website by stating: “We have strictly regulated clinics and surgeons in Paris, which is not always the case in England, Poland, Belgium, Ireland and many other European countries.” The clinic Manuceau worked for in Dublin has since gone bankrupt with debts of more than one million pounds still owed to creditors.
Though it may seem strange that in their own cities, the appeal of “cosmetic holidays” is widespread in modern culture making the idea of going on holiday and returning not only rested, but with a brand new body is an exciting one. Dr. Mauceau has found a way to not only keep practicing, but to grow his business by appealing to the sense of adventure in his clients and providing the backdrop of cosmopolitan Paris as a place to rejuvenate not only your tired mind and spirit, but your body as well.