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Nisha Sharma: Trust issues statement about Mr Ian Paterson

By Senior Associate, Clinical Negligence

I have blogged before about Mr Ian Paterson and Cleavage Sparing Mastectomies (CSMs). Until recently there was uncertainty as to whether or not all of Mr Paterson's patients had been recalled for a review to check whether they had undergone a Cleavage Sparing Mastecomies. I recently attended a meeting with the NHS Litigation Authority and they were unable to confirm that letters had been sent to all patients potentially effected. Therefore I am pleased to see the statement that The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust issued on 7th December 2011 ( ) where it is claimed that all patients that have had mastectomies carried out by Mr Paterson will be re-called and assessed before February 2012.
While the recall process is good news, I can't help but be concerned that in the same statement it is admitted that an internal investigation into Mr Paterson's practice took place as far back as 2007. I am representing a number of women who have had Cleavage Sparing Mastectomies and one of them had a reconstruction in 2008 with excess breast tissue still in place. She is extremely upset that the Trust may have known about the risks surrounding Cleavage Sparing Mastectomies and still let her have a major reconstruction operation. She now faces the extremely difficult decision as to whether or not to have surgery to remove the excess tissue.
While the Trust is finally taking steps to alert those who may at risk, my opinion is that it has taken far too long for them to take action. Nisha Sharma is a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. If you or a member of your family have a clinical negligence enquiry please call our expert clinical negligence solicitors on 0800 916 9049, fill in our short online claim form or email and one of our specialist clinical negligence team will be in touch.