Mr Ian Paterson, who previously worked for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and Spire Healthcare has today been found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and a further 3 counts of wounding.
The rogue surgeon had been under criminal investigation for a number of years after subjecting hundreds of patients both on the NHS and in the private sector, to unnecessary and incorrect surgery. The trial heard that Mr Paterson had exaggerated or invented cancer risks and claimed payments for more expensive procedures than were necessary.
In addition, Mr Paterson had also been performing an unregulated procedure known as a cleavage-sparing mastectomy. Unlike a usual mastectomy where all of the breast is removed, this unorthodox procedure left some of the tissue behind, putting the patient at risk of the cancer returning.
Ally Taft, Partner at the Medical Accident Group, said that “I am really pleased with the outcome on behalf of all my clients who have been so badly affected by Mr Paterson’s actions over the years. I have spoken to some already, who are delighted with the verdicts and feel vindicated for having pursued matters. Many felt they would not be believed or taken seriously and that the word of a consultant would be preferred over theirs. A criminal conviction arising out of medical treatment is quite rare, so indicates the gravity of what Mr Paterson was doing. We now await the outcome of the civil cases.”
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