'Ozone therapy' endangered patient's life

Dr Philip David Alan Jack, 79, administered 'ozone therapy' to treat a rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in rooms rented from a company in Staffordshire.
The patient had more than 120 consultations with Dr Jack and underwent 'major ozone autohaemotherapy' around 80 or 90 times, whereby blood is taken out of the patient, mixed with ozone and re-injected into the vein. The controversial alternative therapy purports to increase the amount of oxygen in the body by introducing ozone into the blood.
Proponents of the treatment claim it can be used to treat cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis, but there there are no peer-reviewed papers on the subject. Furious specialists treating the patient at Leicester Royal Infirmary found out about the unorthodox treatment and reported Dr Jack to the General Medical Council.
The medic, who retired from general practice in 1988, but is still fully registered, is facing allegations of misconduct at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
The GMC say the treatment exposed Patient A to the 'hazard of fatal septicaemia' and that the doctor, who also goes by the names Dr Mathew Jack and Dr David Jack, failed to provide effective treatment as it was of no proven benefit. Dr Jack has admitted that he should have shared information with Patient A's GP and haematologist, but maintains that the treatment is beneficial and of no danger to the patient.

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