Medical Negligence Experts Represent Patients With Concerns Over Surgery Performed At Walsall Manor And Spire Little Aston Hospitals
Specialist lawyers representing patients operated on by a surgeon who was later sacked have agreed a scheme to ensure legal cases are settled as quickly as possible.
Legal teams acting for those operated on by Mian Munawar Shah have reached an agreement with NHS defence solicitors over a protocol for the investigation and settlement of claims.
Mr Shah, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon performed thousands of joint operations, including shoulder and elbow procedures, at Walsall Manor Hospital and Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.
Walsall Manor and Spire Little Aston NHS patients eligible for scheme
Irwin Mitchell is among the law firms to sign up to the protocol. Patients who underwent procedures as an NHS patient at either Walsall Manor or at Spire Little Aston are eligible to enter the scheme.
Tim Annett is a specialist medical negligence group actions lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing some of Mr Shah’s patients.
Expert Opinion“We continue to hear worrying first-hand accounts from patients operated on by Mr Shah. They’re concerned not only about the standard of surgery but how in some cases they continue to suffer with symptoms and ongoing pain.
“While we continue to investigate on behalf of our clients, this protocol is major milestone in being able to support patients.
“Building on our success in supporting patients through other similar schemes , this protocol means rather than patients having to go through protracted litigation, which can sometimes cause additional distress and delay, we’ll work collaboratively with the NHS to resolve cases more efficiently. Vitally this means our clients will receive settlements sooner, allowing them to access the specialist care and support they require to try and move on with their lives the best they can.” Tim Annett
Mian Munawar Shah: Background to cases
In 2020, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust contacted the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), which carried out a general review of surgery. This led to a further review into Mr Shah's individual work.
Following a recommendation by the RCS, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Walsall Manor Hospital, last year recalled up to 600 patients who underwent shoulder surgery.
The Trust subsequently sacked Mr Shah.
Spire has also now commenced a review of its patients treated by Mr Shah.
Mr Shah currently has a number of conditions on his doctor’s registration. These include
not carrying out Latarjet procedures or shoulder joint replacements without supervision. He must also get the approval of the General Medical Council (GMC) before starting work in a non-NHS post or setting.