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Home > News > Review into breast care services by the Heart of England NHS Trust    

25th March 2013

Review into breast care services by the Heart of England NHS Trust

The Heart of England NHS Trust, which runs the Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope Hospitals, invited victims of the surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson to meet with Sir Ian Kennedy on 13th March to discuss the Trust's future breast care services.

Sir Ian is heading the independent review which was launched by the Trust following revelations surrounding the standard of treatment provided by the disgraced surgeon dating back a number of years. Although serious concerns had previously been expressed, it is only in the last few months that the widespread extent of his medical negligence has been exposed. He continued to perform breast surgery until July 2011, when restrictions were imposed by the General Medical Council, before they suspended him in October 2012.

Between 1994 and 2011 Mr Paterson practiced at several hospitals in the West Midlands, including private hospitals run by Spire Healthcare. To date, no investigation has been announced to review practices or procedures at Spire Healthcare hospitals.

Cleavage-sparing mastectomy

Mr Paterson is alleged to have performed hundreds of ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies, a procedure which is in breach of NHS guidelines. This surgery leaves patients with a much higher risk of the cancer returning. He is also alleged to have carried out unnecessary breast surgery on cancer-free women whilst working at the Spire Healthcare hospitals.

Medical negligence compensation

We are currently handling over 400 claims for medical negligence compensation on behalf of women who were patients of Mr Paterson, both private and those treated in NHS hospitals.

Kashmir Uppal, senior medical negligence solicitor, said: “We welcome the Trust’s ongoing commitment to a transparent enquiry process and one which has the feedback of those patients, many of whom are our clients, who were directly affected being at the heart of it.

“We have spoken with our clients and encouraged them to take part in this process and urge any other women who fear they may have been affected to also take up this chance to be heard.”

Any woman who was treated by Mr Paterson, and who is concerned, is being urged to come forward.  Although it is thought that all patients treated at the Heart of England NHS hospitals have now been contacted and their care plans reviewed, that may not be the case with those treated at the Spire Hospitals.

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If you have been treated by Mr Paterson and think you may have a claim for medical negligence compensation, contact us now for expert confidential and no obligation advice 0800 0 224 224.

Clear Answers' Solicitors are experts in all matters relating to personal injury and are experts in dealing with claims relating to surgical errors. They will be able to advise you whether you have a valid compensation claim and our specialist medical negligence lawyers will be happy to talk you through the process in plain English as well as answering any questions or queries you may have.

For more information about our service or for advice about whether we can assist you in bringing a compensation claim, contact us today on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms. One of our representatives will contact you (without obligation) as soon as possible.

Strict time limits apply for making a personal injury compensation claim, so please seek expert legal advice as soon as you think you may have a valid claim for compensation.

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