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Medical Negligence Lawyers Back New Calls For Better Protection For Victims Of Negligence

MP Caroline Spelman Demands Action In Wake Of Ian Paterson Breast Surgery Controversy


Specialist medical negligence lawyers at Irwin Mitchell who represent a number of women who underwent negligent, and in some cases, unnecessary breast surgery have backed calls for improved protection for victims.

Meriden MP Caroline Spelman has called for increased legislation to protect victims of negligent medical treatment after surgeon Ian Paterson carried out more than 1,000 negligent surgeries.

Many of the women underwent procedures at the Solihull Hospital and the private Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull and continue to wait for compensation as Paterson’s medical insurance is disputing the compensation claims because some of the procedures Paterson carried out may be illegal and therefore not included in his cover.

Mrs Spelman said that her petition will call on MPs to consider adopting legislation so insurance companies must provide affordable cover for every aspect of healthcare professionals’ work.

The petition also asks for all healthcare professionals under investigation for negligence to be suspended from working in either the NHS or the private sector until disciplinary procedures have been completed.

Sara Burns, a Partner and expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who is representing a number of woman affected by negligent surgery carried out by Ian Paterson, said:

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Most of our clients have been through years of uncertainty and now face a further wait for justice. These were vulnerable patients diagnosed with breast cancer who placed their trust in someone they believed was an expert and underwent major surgery.

“Many of the NHS patients affected by these issues have now received compensation, but it is the private sector patients that still face unanswered questions and the inability to bring this matter to a close.

“We have campaigned for similar legislation in the past and we hope that this latest petition will encourage MPs to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of patients, as well as providing them with the ability to access funds that many need to access the help and support required after such a terrible ordeal, as well as any further procedures required to help them recover.
Sara Burns, Partner

If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of negligent breast surgery, we may be able to help you claim compensation. See our Medical Negligence Guide for more information.

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