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Review of breast care services at Solihull

10th January 2013

An independent review is to be held over the way breast care services were managed at Solihull Hospital in the West Midlands.

The review into the hospital, which is part of the Heart of England NHS Trust, will be chaired by lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy.

It comes as police investigate surgeon Ian Paterson over alleged botched or unnecessary breast cancer operations at West Midlands’ hospitals. Up to 400 women are suing the trust and private firm Spire Healthcare.

There are allegations that Mr Paterson carried out operations between 1994 and 2011 which were unnecessary and in some cases found to be in breach of guidelines.

Concerns were first raised in December 2011 and in the time since then the care plans of all patients thought to have been affected have been reviewed.

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

He has been suspended by the General Medical Council and was stopped from performing surgery by the NHS trust, in 2007.

The surgeon is also being investigated by the GMC over claims he may have also unnecessarily removed lumps from patients’ breasts.

The Medical Defence Union issued a statement on behalf of Mr Paterson and said that he was co-operating fully with the GMC investigation.

Sir Ian has said people need to be “reassured that the review will be independent” and he has pledged to report back to the trust but do so in public.


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