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Medical Negligence

Surgeon, Ian Paterson, performed an unnecessary operation on me when aged just 16

Jade Edgington was just 16 years old when she was first referred to former breast cancer surgeon, Ian Paterson. Watch Jade's story on her experience and how Slater and Gordon helped her.

02 August 2021

Jade found a lump in her breast in 2005 when she was just 16 years old. She was referred to the Spire Healthcare Hospital in the West Midlands through her father's private healthcare and was introduced to surgeon, Ian Paterson.

Ian Paterson told Jade that the lump needed to be removed and Jade trusted him as he was considered a specialist. She had the operation which, at just 16 years old, caused her a lot of pain and trauma and, both her and her family, a lot of distress and concern.

Concerns about Paterson's work first surfaced in 2003 but it was not until 2012 that he was excluded from the Trust where he worked. It was only at this time that Jade was recalled and she discovered that there was no medical reason for Jade to have the surgery.

Slater and Gordon's medical negligence team represented Jade along with a vast number of women who were victims of Paterson. A High Court judge went on to approve a £37 million compensation plan for those victims.

It was found that Ian Paterson performed extensive, live-changing operations for no medically justifiable reason on over 700 women. He was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding and was jailed for 20 years.

Four years on - More patients to be recalled by Spire Healthcare

Following an Independent Inquiry into the matter, it was found that the initial recall was insufficient and it's now been announced that Spire Healthcare will be recalling additional victims of Ian Paterson and setting up a new fund to award compensation to those victims.

Slater and Gordon were appointed lead solicitors during the 2017 action and are pleased confirm that we have been asked to manage the fund once again.

If you're a former patient of Ian Paterson and think you may have a claim, register your details today and one of our specialists will contact you.

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