The Heart of England NHS Trust announced that it has appointed Sir Ian Kennedy to chair an independent inquiry into their Breast Unit and the way breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson's conduct was managed.
The news of the inquiry is welcomed by my clinical negligence clients. For a long time the media has focused on Mr Paterson and his conduct and rightly so but not much has been said publicly about the conduct of the NHS Trust and those that worked with Mr Paterson.
It could be argued that they a big a role in letting Mr Paterson get away with unauthorised techniques he used over many years.
Evidence emerged following a review by the Trust in 2004 that there were too many patients having to undergo further surgery after the Mastectomy procedure and that surgery that may be aesthetically pleasing may have a negative impact on relapse rates. The 2004 review also highlighted interpersonal problems within the Breast Unit.
Many of my clients have asked me why their treating Oncologist or Radiologist didn't say anything about the unusual appearance of their chest after a Mastectomy and many have asked me why after internal reviews in 2004 and 2007 recognised that Mr Paterson was carrying out an unsafe procedure, he was allowed to carry on.
I hope that these questions are addressed by Sir Ian Kennedy. For more information about Cleavage Sparing Mastectomy Surgery Claims please click here.
Nisha Sharma is a Clinical and Medical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.
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