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Jury retires in breast surgeon trial

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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.

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Breast care inquiry, full report

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

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