Controversial Surgeon Ian Paterson Victims May Not Receive Justice

Legal Loophole Could Mean Surgeon Was Not Injured To Perform Private Operations

04.03.2015

Hundreds of the alleged victims of surgeon Ian Paterson may never receive compensation due to a legal loophole which could mean he was not insured to perform private operations.

Mr Paterson worked at Spire’s Solihull and Little Aston clinic as a breast cancer surgeon from 1993 to 2012. He allegedly carried out unnecessary mastectomies on healthy women but also performed so-called ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies where breast tissue for left.
 
Over 700 patients were recalled by the hospitals as part of a review by Spire into his work.

He was suspended by the General Medical Council in 2012 after being accused of performing the so-called ‘cleavage sparing mastectomies’ on women – which is an unrecognised procedure, leaving them at greater risk of the cancer returning.

Compensation claims are being pursued by many patients who he operated on at Solihull Hospitals, where he was a NHS consultant.

But hundreds of women who had the procedures done privately at Spire Hospitals in Solihull and Little Aston may not be able to pursue a claim as his private medical insurance may not cover any operations and will be subsequently deemed criminal..

West Midlands Police confirmed that the ‘complex’ investigation into Ian Paterson is still ongoing.