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Breast Surgeon Ian Paterson Found Guilty of Performing Unnecessary Surgeries

By Joint Head of Clinical Negligence, London & Cambridge

Breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, has been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent after carrying out a series of "completely unnecessary" operations as well as three counts of unlawful wounding.

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The clinical negligence lawyers at Slater and Gordon have 31 ongoing claims and, to date, have settled 32 cases in total. My clients have had to endure years of uncertainty and mental torture which has compounded the physical pain that Mr Paterson cruelly inflicted on them. Now, they are hugely relieved that a small piece of justice has finally been done.

Mr Paterson, 59, worked at hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare from 1993 to 2012. More than 700 patients underwent extensive, life-changing operations for no medically justifiable reason, which may have included a desire to "earn extra money", his trial at Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Paterson’s barbarous acts of cruelty have hugely impacted many hundreds of people. I now hope they can start to rebuild and move on with their lives.

Paterson's seven-week trial heard the traumatic stories of ten of his victims – nine women and one man – on whom Paterson performed invasive breast surgery on women with suspected breast cancer when a simple biopsy might have been sufficient. He performed lumpectomies and lymph node removal when it was not needed on vulnerable patients.

The NHS has paid out nearly £18 million, of which £9.5 million was damages, following claims from nearly 800 patients of Paterson.

Mr Paterson’s barbarous acts of cruelty have hugely impacted many hundreds of people. I now hope they can start to rebuild and move on with their lives.

 

 

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For further information on the history of Ian Paterson’s offences, please see Ian Paterson: What You Need to Know

 

Emma Doughty is head of clinical negligence at Slater and Gordon in London and Cambridge.

The clinical negligence solicitors at Slater and Gordon specialise in claims against the NHS, GPs, private doctors and hospitals arising out of negligent medical treatment and acts on behalf of injured victims. If you’ve been affected, and need legal advice, please contact one of our medical negligence specialists.

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