With Alfond financial gift, UNE to move medical college to Portland campus

A substantial financial gift from the Harold Alfond Foundation will see the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine move to the Portland campus, and the development of new  programs at the Biddeford campus, UNE officials announced Friday. Brianna Soukup Photo/Portland Press Herald

BIDDEFORD — A substantial gift to the University of New England from the Harold Alfond Foundation will support relocation of the College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Portland campus.

The move will open space to bring new programs to the Biddeford campus and expand existing ones, UNE officials say.

The Harold Alfond Foundation announced that the University of New England is one of eight Maine educational institutions to benefit from a $500 million investment made to confront the state’s long-term economic challenges. Details about UNE’s share of the investment will be outlined with other details at a news conference set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, which may

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Fake plastic surgeon who maimed women struck off medical register

A man who pretended to be a plastic surgeon and left women maimed has been struck off the register of medical practitioners and banned from applying to practise medicine again for seven years.

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Leslie Blackstock was convicted in July 2019 of criminal offences for carrying out surgery, primarily breast augmentation, on nine patients in an unlicensed private health facility known as the Enhance Clinic located in Emu Plains, Sydney.

On Wednesday the NSW civil and administrative tribunal found Blackstock “guilty of professional misconduct and that his registration should be cancelled” in relation to all complaints of professional misconduct against him.

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The Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) told the tribunal that in relation to 11 patients, Blackstock failed to conduct appropriate preoperative assessments; did not obtain informed consent;

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