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Mother can't breastfeed after 'unnecessary' operations

A mother has told a court how she found it difficult to watch other women breastfeeding their babies after she'd had three operations which she's since been told were unnecessary.

The prosecution claims that surgeon Ian Paterson, who worked at Solihull Hospital and two private hospitals in the West Midlands, performed needless operations to earn extra money and lied to patients and their GPs. He denies the charges.

Our Health Correspondent Stacey Foster was in court and sent this report.


Study shows infections after surgery more common than reported

Infections after surgery are more common than reported says new study Credit: ITV Central

Patients recovering from surgery get infections far more often than is being reported, according to a new study led by De Montfort University in Leicester.

Infection prevention specialists are now calling on the Department of Health to bring in a system so hospitals can identify the true scale of surgical infections.

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Spinal treatment launched at Birmingham hospital

New technology being used in spinal treatment at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Credit: ITV Central

A hospital in Birmingham will become the first in the West Midlands to use a newly-designed implant for spinal deformity.

Patients currently undergo a long and complex surgery.

But new, much simpler technology being used at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital means they can be treated as out-patients.