Former West Midlands breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been charged with 21 offences of wounding or causing grievous bodily harm to 11 patients.
Mr Paterson, 58, who worked at hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and by Spire Healthcare, was charged at Birmingham magistrates court. He did not enter a plea, but will appear at Birmingham Crown Court in February. He treated about 700 women from 1993 to 2012, and was suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2012.
Mr Paterson, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, faces one charge of causing grievous bodily harm and 20 of wounding with intent. The alleged offences took place between 1997 and 2011.
The GMC is investigating allegations that Mr Paterson carried out unnecessary, inappropriate or unregulated operations, in that he undertook invasive breast surgery on women with suspected breast cancer when a simple biopsy might have been sufficient. He treated patients at Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, Spire Hospital Parkway and Spire Hospital Little Aston.
He is also accused of using a banned procedure, known as a cleavage sparing mastectomy, which involves leaving behind some potentially cancerous tissue for cosmetic reasons. Concern was first expressed about his work in 2007. More than 500 patients have been recalled to hospital to have their cases reviewed.
Ally Taft, Partner with Medical Accident Group, said: “When Mr Paterson finally appears in court next month to answer the charges against him, many women who have had potentially unnecessary surgery will have the chance to find out all the facts and to hear him answer the charges against him. While no one would advocate a knee-jerk reaction, it is astonishing that it took four years for concerns about his work to be taken seriously.”
If you have been affected by Mr Paterson’s work, or have concerns about surgery which you have undergone, Medical Accident Group can help. Our experienced and sympathetic team, whose knowledge of clinical negligence and personal injury law is extensive, can support you through the process of making a claim and seeking justice. We can also advise on a wide range of issues from brain injury or birth injury to surgical and medical errors and accidents at work. Call us free on 0800 050 1668.