AN under-fire urologist has spoken out after a patient was left bleeding for eight hours.

Concerns have been raised about consultant urologist Ashutosh Jain after he carried out a procedure on a 77-year-old woman.

The patient told The Mail she paid £2,000 to undergo a 15-minute exploratory uretheral dilatation at the private BMI hospital in Lancaster.

“When I woke up I was in agony and bleeding,” she said.

“My catheter was blocked. Mr Jain didn’t see me at all after the operation and the nurses were trying to ring him to get him to come back but they couldn’t get hold of him.”

After spending eight hours trying to call Mr Jain staff called an ambulance to take the woman to the NHS Royal Lancaster Hospital.

The patient said: “The next day he came to see me at the RLI and I said ‘where were you?’. He said ‘I can’t be everywhere at once. I was on the other side of the country’.”

The woman said she has since been told she will have to use a suprapubic catheter for life.

“I used £2,000 of my savings to pay for this because I was in agony and didn’t want to wait eight weeks on the NHS,” she added.

“I can no longer walk without a stick and I can’t drive. He’s destroyed my life.”

Mr Jain also works for the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust which oversees FGH.

The trust’s urology department has come under significant criticism amid failings stretching back 19 years involving Mr Jain and his colleagues Muhammad Naseem and Kavinder Madhra.

Mr Jain was involved in the treatment of Irene Erhart from Walney who died in 2011. A coroner later ruled mistakes made by doctors contributed to her death.

Mr Jain has now spoken to The Mail in response to the incident at BMI Lancaster.

“We are simply human beings,” he said, while adding he could not comment on individual cases.

“As a doctor I can only tell you that we work very, very hard, we treat thousands of patients and a few might go wrong or have complications.

“We are very dedicated doctors and work very hard.”

A spokesman for Lancaster BMI Hospital said: “While we cannot go into individual patient records in the media, I can confirm that we have reviewed procedures regarding consultant contact numbers.

“Our primary objective is the delivery of safe and effective healthcare, and we would urge anyone who feels this has not been the case, to get in touch with us directly so that we can look into this and make any changes we need to.”

Respected urologist Richard Wilson from Ulverston, who retired from UHMBT in 2007, said a consultant not being available post-op ‘breaks one of the fundamental rules of medicine’.

Former National Clinical Assessment Service urological consultant Mike Wallace also criticised Mr Jain for not being available.

“It’s pretty indefensible practice,” he said.