Medical Negligence

Episode Six - The Evil Doctor

Disgraced breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, is at the centre of one of the most shocking clinical scandals in British history.

02 December 2019

For more than 14 years, he exaggerated or invented the risks of cancer for perfectly healthy people to convince them to go under the knife or performed dangerous techniques which meant patients with cancer were much more susceptible to tumours returning.

As many as 1,000 people are thought to have been victims of Paterson, who was sentenced to 20 years after being convicted for unlawfully wounding patients in 2017.

In this episode, we speak to John Hynes, whose wife Deborah died due to Paterson’s treatment, and two women, Jade Edgington and Carole Johnson, who underwent numerous needless operations. We also speak to leading medical expert, Prof Gordon Wishart, who reviewed hundreds of the disgraced surgeon’s cases, as well as clinical negligence lawyer, Emma Doughty, who represented more than 100 victims in legal action against Paterson’s employers.


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