Breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who operated on hundreds of women at Heartlands, Good Hope, Solihull, Little Aston and Parkway hospitals until being suspended by the General Medical Council in 2012 is now on trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Facing 21 charges of unlawfully or maliciously wounding 11 patients between 1997 and 2011, he also faces civil action by patients in separate proceedings.
He regularly performed an operation now known as a “cleavage-sparing” mastectomy (CSM), where tissue was left behind in order to form a cleavage. This type of operation carries a risk of potential recurrence and this was not discussed with the patients, none of whom appreciated that they had anything other than a normal, full mastectomy.
The second area of concern arises solely out of his private practice, during which he worked at Spire’s Parkway and Little Aston sites. Women with benign breast lumps, which did not require surgery or monitoring, were kept under regular review and subjected to unnecessary, sometimes multiple, operations. Many were led to believe by Ian Paterson that they were suffering from a dangerous pre-cancerous breast condition that required regular removal of lumps.
Ally Taft, partner with Medical Accident Group, said: “Mr Paterson has caused his patients untold distress, either by operating negligently so that they needed further treatment to remove affected tissue or by operating entirely unnecessarily. We have been working with a number of his patients to claim against him and while no financial claim can compensate for the stress caused, we can help patients to rebuild their lives.”
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