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Breast cancer patients to claim compensation

8th November 2012

A number of women are taking legal action against three West Midlands’ hospitals following breast cancer operations.

Compensation claims are being made by about 90 patients against the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare, which runs two of the hospitals involved.

The claims revolve around operations conducted between 2004 and 2007 by surgeon Ian Paterson, who has also been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC).

He is accused of performing “cleavage sparing” mastectomies at Solihull Hospital and the private hospitals owned by Spire Healthcare in Solihull and Little Aston, Staffordshire.

The procedure leaves a small amount of tissue for cosmetic reasons but is in breach of national guidelines because of the risk of the cancer returning.

Mr Paterson is also being investigated by the GMC over claims he may have also unnecessarily removed lumps from patients' breasts.

Thompsons Solicitors, which is representing the women, said it had already settled one claim for compensation from the NHS Trust.

Solicitor Kashmir Uppal said the women had been “let down” by Mr Paterson and added: “What we're trying to do is secure some compensation for them to move forward with their lives.”

The Heart of England Foundation Trust said Mr Paterson had not carried out any procedures at the hospital since May 2011 and it had invited all of his patients who underwent a mastectomy to see an alternative surgeon for a review of their treatment.

Spire Healthcare is continuing to investigate the practice of Mr Paterson in conjunction with the GMC and the NHS Trust.

 

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