On Friday last week (April,28), breast surgeon, Ian Paterson was convicted of carrying out unnecessary breast operations on his patients from 1993 to 2012.
Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients on which he conducted ‘extensive life changing operations for no medically justifiable reason’.
One patient in court described Paterson as being ‘like God’. He had lied and exaggerated his diagnosis and prognosis to convince his patients to go under the knife.
Paterson worked at hospitals within the Heart of England NHS Trust and in Spire Healthcare Clinics in the West Midlands and carried out procedures on many patients. Over 250 of Paterson’s patients under the NHS have received pay-outs and over 350 patients who have received treatment at the private Spire Healthcare Clinics are also taking legal action against Paterson and the private healthcare company. The NHS has paid out nearly £18 million, of which £9.5 million was damages.
Nicola Watkiss, Head of Clinical Negligence at OH Parsons said:
“The brutal misconduct by Ian Paterson on these patients is incomprehensible and they have had to endure damaging repercussions. We are currently representing patients who have received unnecessary breast surgery under the NHS and a private health clinic and we are determined to secure the appropriate compensation for them.”
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