Outrage over cannibal killer’s gastric band operation on the NHS

Graham Fisher
Graham Fisher

A CANNIBAL killer who was given the go-ahead to have a gastric band operation at taxpayers’ expense has sparked national outrage.

Graham Fisher, 39, who killed two women and ate the flesh of one of them, piled on the pounds after eating crisps, cakes and chocolate in Broadmoor Hospital, and, after complaining about being obese underwent the £8,000 operation on the NHS.

He is now recovering from surgery in his own private en-suite room, which is expected to bring the cost of the entire procedure to taxpayers to £15,000, as reported in the Daily Mail this week.

Robert Oxley, campaign manager of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, blasted the move.

He said: “Taxpayers will be appalled to be footing a £15,000 bill for this treatment for someone who is supposedly under constant medical observation at Broadmoor.

“The medical staff there should have taken action long ago to ensure that we never reached a situation where Fisher required this operation, let alone at such a massive cost.”

Fisher was jailed in 2009 for at least 21 years after admitting killing Clare Letchford and Beryl O’Connor.

He strangled 40-year-old Miss Letchford in her Cornwallis Gardens flat in January 1998, before setting fire to her body.

Eight days later, Fisher killed 75-year-old Beryl O’Connor, known as Dornie, at her home in Clifton Court, Holmesdale Gardens, barely 100 yards from where Miss Letchford lived.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at a crown court hearing.

After killing Miss Letchford, Fisher cut a piece of flesh from her arm and ate it.

He was brought to justice after being convicted of indecently assaulting two Spanish students at knife-point in Eastbourne in May 1998.

In 2003, while at Broadmoor for the sex attacks, Fisher confessed to manslaughter of the two women.

He targeted lonely women to satisfy what one psychiatrist called a ‘sexually sadistic’ side of his personality.

A gastric band works by reducing the size of a person’s stomach so that they feel fuller quicker and therefore do not eat as much.

A spokesman for West London Mental Health NHS Trust, which is in charge of Broadmoor Hospital, said: “We cannot discuss the treatment of individuals for reasons of patient confidentiality. However, as an NHS hospital we are responsible for the physical health of our patients as well as their mental well-being. Treatment for both physical and mental health is based on clinical need and people receiving treatment for mental illness are entitled to the same level of care as anyone else.”