Spire Healthcare follows Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust in recalling patients of shoulder surgeon, Mr Mian Munawar Shah

Mr Shah operated out of both Spire Little Aston Hospital and Walsall Manor Hospital from 2010, performing a highly complex shoulder surgery known as a ‘Latarjet Procedure’.

This week, it was reported that Mr Shah has been sacked from Walsall Manor Hospital.

600 NHS patients recalled over shoulder surgery concerns

Earlier this year, the Walsall Trust confirmed that it had recalled approximately 600 former patients of Mr Shah after identifying unusually high rates of complications with Latarjet procedures performed by the surgeon at Walsall Manor Hospital. Some former patients have reported losing the use of their arm following surgery and experiencing severe pain which limits their daily activities.

Despite a number of complaints, and eight successful clinical negligence claims being brought against the Walsall Trust between 2013 – 2018, Mr Shah continued to practice until 2020, when a Royal College of Surgeons review recommended a patient recall.

Following this review, the Walsall Trust took steps to suspend Mr Shah from performing the Procedure. He reportedly ceased practising out of Spire Hospitals in the same year.

Spire Healthcare to undertake review

Mr Shah joins a list of surgeons operating out of Spire Hospitals who have been placed under review in recent years, including another shoulder surgeon, Habib Rahman, and jailed breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

The addition of Mr Shah raises further concerns about the level of structural oversight at Spire Hospitals and the environment in which surgeons such as Shah, Rahman and Paterson have been allowed to practice for years without effective action being taken.

Spire have not disclosed how many patients have been contacted as part of their recall at this stage.

Have you been affected?

Learning that you may have received inappropriate treatment or surgery, even years after the event, can be a huge shock. If you have been part of a Spire review process, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you or a family member have received treatment from Mr Shah and wish to pursue a claim, Medical Accident Group is here to help. Our team of dedicated solicitors, who have successfully assisted a number of former patients of Ian Paterson in their clinical negligence claims, will guide you through the process.

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