Anaesthetist suspended for napping during surgery blames tax returns and his weight

Dr Thomas Herbst also argued it was common for anaesthetists to close their eyes during surgeries.

An UK anaesthetist has been suspended for six months after falling asleep during a patient’s shoulder surgery.

Dr Thomas Herbst blamed his work schedule, being “a bit too fat” and a late night doing his taxes for the September 2022 incident, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.