Legal Experts Have Represented People Affected By Previous Scandals At Same Hospital
Specialist medical law lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have called for a “thorough and transparent” investigation after more than 200 patients were recalled over concerns a consultant surgeon may have carried out unnecessary operations at a private hospital.
A total of 217 people who were treated by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Habib Rahman at the Spire Parkway hospital in Solihull have been contacted and offered a consultation to review their care.
The Spire Parkway was one of the hospitals were rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson worked. He was jailed for 20 years in 2017 for wounding patients after performing unnecessary operations on hundreds of patients.
Irwin Mitchell helped secure settlements for dozens of those affected by the scandal after a total of £37 million was set aside, including £27.2 million from Spire Healthcare, which runs Spire Parkway.
The legal experts represent more than 50 men and women who were treated by Dr Manu Nair who also worked at Spire Parkway as well as NHS hospitals and also appeared as an expert on TV show Embarrassing Bodies. The firm has also been instructed by more than 70 former NHS and private patients of the colorectal surgeon Tony Dixon who worked at Southmead and Spire Bristol Hospitals.
Expert Opinion“Once again patients who received private treatment at Spire Parkway are being recalled because of concerns over the standards of their care. We are incredibly concerned by this development which comes after the Ian Paterson and Manu Nair recalls.
“Patients will understandably be incredibly nervous about receiving a recall notice and will rightly have a number of questions.
“Private hospital healthcare can often involve complex contracts between providers and the professionals who work there. Patients are focused on receiving care and what it entails, therefore private hospitals need to ensure that patients are made aware of the advantages and disadvantages of going private so they can make informed decisions.
“To maintain patient confidence it is now imperative that a thorough and transparent investigation is conducted by Spire Healthcare. If any issues are identified it is vital that lessons are learned.” Laura Daly - Partner
Mr Rahman is currently under investigation by the General Medical Council. He can only work at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust under supervision, Sky News reports.
The Trust told Sky News that no NHS patients had been recalled.