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Negligence allegations raised against surgeon

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The General Medical Council (GMC) are investigating allegations that breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, unlawfully and maliciously wounded patients in 21 counts dating back to 1997.  Paterson, 58, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, was suspended by the GMC in 2012 and appeared at Birmingham magistrates’ Court where he did not enter a plea.  He will now appear at Birmingham’s crown court on 15 February where he will face one charge of causing grievous bodily harm and 20 of wounding with intent between 1997 and 2011.

‘inappropriate, unnecessary or unregulated operations’

Ian Paterson worked mainly for the NHS at Solihull Hospital and two private hospitals run by Spire Healthcare and treated around 700 women from 1993 to 2012.  It is claimed that the surgeon carried out inappropriate, unnecessary or unregulated operations, wounding 11 patients.  It has been alleged that Mr Paterson carried out invasive breast surgery on patients who were suspected to be suffering from breast cancer when a simple tissue biopsy could have given the result.  Paterson has also been charged with carrying out a banned surgical procedure called a cleavage sparing mastectomy.  This procedure involves leaving some potentially cancerous tissue behind for purely cosmetic reasons.

Despite the fact that concerns were raised as far back as 2007, it took the Heart of England NHS Trust a further 4 years to exclude Mr Paterson from practicing.  In measures subsequently taken to review Paterson’s work, more than 550 women have been recalled to hospital.

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