Hundreds of breast cancer patients are being asked to take part in a review of care at a hospital where a surgeon allegedly performed botched operations. Mr. Ian Paterson has been suspended by the General Medical Council.
The independent review will be carried out by the man who chaired the inquiry into the children's heart scandal in Bristol and led the Commons expenses watchdog.
Rebecca Brown, a solicitor from Russell Jones & Walker (part of Slater & Gordon Lawyers), has told ITV News that the victims of 'unnecessary' breast operations are positive about the opening of an inquiry into the treatments performed by Ian Paterson and how health chiefs managed complaints.
More than 700 patients who were treated at Solihull Hospital are now being urgently referred to specialists for new examinations.
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
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