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Home > News > Breast surgery review announced by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

14th January 2013

Breast surgery review announced by Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

An independent review into the breast surgery, known as cleavage sparing mastectomy, is to be set up by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. It will be chaired by Sir Ian Kennedy and is expected to report its findings in the summer of 2013. Evidence gathering will begin immediately and recommendations will be made to the Trust’s Board, as well as the findings being made available to the public.

The surgical procedures were carried out by Ian Stuart Paterson, contrary to national guidelines, during his tenure at several of the Trusts hospitals in the Midlands, including Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Good Hope Hospital. Mr Paterson was suspended by the GMC in October 2012.

Mr Paterson also carried out these controversial procedures at two private hospitals, Spire Hospital Parkway in Solihull, and Spire Hospital in Little Aston.

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Kashmir Uppal, our senior medical negligence solicitor, said “The establishment of a review under a respected and independent chairman is welcome and we will play whatever role we can to ensure its success.

“The Trust’s commitment to an open enquiry with patients, many of whom will be our clients, being invited to talk about their experiences is helpful and a commitment to publish the report and learn lessons from this terrible saga is essential.

“To be effective the review must encompass all cases that have come to light wherever the procedures were carried out. That means the Spire Group must participate in the inquiry, share information with Sir Ian and commit to both learning lessons and implementing any new guidelines produced to prevent a recurrence.”

Our medical negligence team are currently representing over 400 women and men who have been affected by Mr Paterson’s use of these surgical procedures, and we have opened a helpline for anyone who may be affected. Please contact us on 0800 0 224 224 for confidential advice.

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