A jury has been sent out to consider verdicts in the trial of a breast surgeon accused of wounding 10 patients after allegedly carrying out a series of "completely unnecessary" operations.
Ian Paterson lied to his alleged victims, "exaggerating or quite simply inventing the risk of cancer" and claimed payments for more expensive procedures, Nottingham Crown Court has heard.
The seven-week trial heard the 59-year-old's alleged motives were "obscure", but may have included a desire to "earn extra money".
Scottish-born Paterson, of Castle Mill Lane, Ashley, Altrincham, Greater
Manchester, denies 20 counts of wounding with intent against nine women and one man relating to procedures he carried out between 1997 and 2011.
Lawyers acting for women who had unnecessary breast surgery now say they're acting for a male patient who had 13 unnecessary colon operations performed by the same surgeon.
Ian Paterson is under investigation for surgery performed on NHS and private patients over several years.
Mark Gough reports.
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.
For more information on the review see www.breastcarereview.co.uk
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).
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.
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