A Consultant Urologist, Mr Arackal Manu Nair, who worked with the infamous breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, is the second doctor who worked at Spire hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull to have investigations carried out into his practices.
Mr Nair also performed surgery on cancer patients at Solihull hospital, part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. In 2014, and following concerns raised by his colleagues to hospital bosses, the trust’s Deputy CEO, Dr Andrew Catto, requested a team from the Royal College of Surgeons to review Mr Nair’s surgical practices in both the NHS and private sector. During their investigations Mr Nair was suspended from the trust and was referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) who imposed restrictions on his licence, rendering him unable to work in the NHS unsupervised until May 2016. However, Mr Nair subsequently resigned from his post following the start of the review.
The review made a number of recommendations. In particular, as a precautionary measure, the trust was advised to review patients who had undergone a radical prostatectomy by Mr Nair. The surgery is a common procedure to remove the prostate gland where patients are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Around 170 patients have been recalled by the Heart of England NHS Trust after concerns were raised about the medic. His patients have all been contacted directly by the trust, as well as Spire Healthcare, and have been offered the opportunity to meet with an independent consultant to discuss their concerns and on-going care. NHS clinics were completed by July 2015 and most of the patients took up the offer to meet. All of Mr Nair’s private patients who needed further assessment have been seen by specialists.
Since Mr Nair has resigned, a former patient has spoken out about how he has been left unfertile following an unapproved treatment that Mr Nair used on him. The 63 year old, who wishes to remain anonymous, was given a new laser treatment in 2012, which at that point was not approved by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE). He was left in excruciating pain and is now infertile and unable to start a family with his wife of 23 years. He was later told by an independent medical expert that his prostate gland was pre-malignant, that he did not have cancer, and that he did not need the operation at all. “My whole way of life has changed. Being told that I can no longer have children is just soul-destroying,” he said.
Another patient who was diagnosed with cancer, also alleges he underwent unnecessary surgery to remove his prostate by Mr Nair in 2009. Their cases are now being investigated and claims for compensation are being sought.
Ally Taft, Partner at the Medical Accident Group, says, “I have worked closely with cancer patients of Ian Paterson, who incorrectly performed his cleavage-sparing technique, which left victims with a greater chance of the cancer returning, and who also performed mastectomies on women who didn’t even have cancer. I have seen how those patients have been affected and it is concerning to see that these two instances share similarities.”
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