Law firm demands recall of ALL patients of shamed surgeon Ian Paterson

A Birmingham law firm has demanded a full recall of all of shamed cancer surgeon Ian Paterson’s patients – after claims one had unnecessary treatment for seven years.

And Thompson Solicitors say hundreds of unneeded colonoscopy treatments may have been carried out by the doctor while working at Spire hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull.

Mr Paterson was suspended by the General Medical Council in 2012. He was accused of performing so-called ‘cleavage sparing mastectomies’ on hundreds of women – an unrecognised surgical procedure, leaving them at greater risk of the cancer returning.

Now it has emerged one Spire’s patient represented by the law firm was given 13 unnecessary colonoscopy treatments in seven years by Mr Paterson, after being diagnosed with Diverticular Disease.

The 68-year-old was finally referred onto a gastroenteritis specialist, who prescribed medication that relieved his symptoms within ‘three’ days.

The patient, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: “Throughout this ordeal Mr Paterson kept telling me to have check-ups every six months to catch signs of bowel cancer early. Meanwhile, my condition did not improve.

“It was an appalling period and totally unnecessary. The episode was mentally devastating and I was frightened and upset throughout. Also my private health insurance went through the roof due to the amount of procedures Mr Paterson undertook.

“When I found out what had happened to me I felt stupid.’’

Last month Spire Healthcare apologised to patients affected by Mr Paterson after an independent review was published into his patient care.

Michael Burrell, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “The Spire report into Ian Paterson shows that he operated unchecked and unchallenged at Spire hospitals over a prolonged period. Red flags were ignored time and again, with business interests put ahead of patient safety and care.

“Mr Paterson operated completely outside the usual regulatory framework and it is time Spire faced up to the seriousness of the situation and issued a full patient recall to ensure those affected get the care and support they deserve.”

To contact Thompsons Solicitors free helpline call: 0800 0 224 224.

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