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Breast cancer survivors meet in Birmingham

Women who have survived breast cancer in the last year Credit: Sue Matthews

A group of women who all started chemotherapy for breast cancer a year ago are meeting up in Birmingham this weekend. They were introduced via the Breast Cancer Care website for patients.

They told ITV News Central they've created their own support network and have spoken to eachother throughout their treatment. A number of the group are from the Midlands.

Police launch breast surgeon investigation, full report

West Midlands Police have launched an investigation into a surgeon who allegedly carried out botched or unnecessary breast cancer operations at three hospitals in the West Midlands. It follows a referral from the General Medical Council, which has already suspended Ian Paterson.

Yesterday Central Tonight reported that hundreds of women who claim they had breast surgery they did not need, are calling for him to be struck off. The operations were carried out between 1994 and May last year both on the NHS and privately.

Hospitals investigating breast surgeon's practice

Spire Parkway and Little Aston hospitals say they are continuing to investigate the practice of Ian Paterson. The hospitals are working in conjunction with the General Medical Council (GMC) and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT).

"Supported by a team of independent consultant breast surgeons, we are reviewing the medical records of Ian Paterson’s patients who underwent specific procedures for benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions.

"We are notifying every patient whose notes have been reviewed and are offering each a face-to-face consultation about their care.

"This is a review of patients with benign breast conditions. Our priority is always patient care and we do not believe there is any immediate health risk.

"However, any patient treated by Ian Paterson who has immediate concerns or questions should call a dedicated phone line, 0800 044 3134, and arrange to speak with our professional medical staff.

– Paula Naylor, Hospital Director, Spire Parkway Hospital


Police confirm criminal inquiry into breast surgeon

West Midlands Police say they are investigating allegations into the medical practices of a surgeon who previously worked in Solihull.

It follows calls from former patients for Ian Paterson to be struck off after they say they had breast surgery they did not need.

“West Midlands Police can confirm it has received a referral from the General Medical Council in relation to allegations about the medical practices of a surgeon who previously worked in Solihull. “A criminal inquiry has been launched and the force is working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to determine the course of the investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Matt Markham, West Midlands Police

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