Private patients who missed out on compensation after undergoing unnecessary operations by Midlands surgeon Ian Paterson may now be able to claim, legal experts said today.
Paterson is serving a 20-year jail term after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding for carrying out unnecessary operations, charges which he had denied.
The NHS has paid out nearly £18m, of which £9.5m was damages, following claims from nearly 800 patients of Paterson who also treated patients privately through Spire Healthcare.
Today Tim Gray, clinical negligence expert and Partner with FBC Manby Bowdler, said Spire Healthcare had now opened a new fund open to claims from patients not previously compensated under a previous fund. Spire Healthcare has set aside £20 million for the further claims.
Tim, who holds Law Society Clinical Negligence accreditation, said: “We have successfully won compensation for clients as part of the first wave of women who suffered at the hands of Paterson.
“We are now keen to hear from any other patients who believe they also went through unimaginable horror and suffering during the time Paterson was operating and carrying out unnecessary procedures.
“It appears that more patients may have been harmed or tricked into undergoing the knife than previously thought. Spire has written to more than 5,000 former patients after an independent inquiry into Paterson's malpractice recommended a recall of his patients.
“We would urge them to contact our experienced clinical negligence team here at FBC Manby Bowdler - having been part of the initial group action and with our wealth of experience in bringing claims surrounding cancer and surgical errors, we understand the trauma these patients went through and can assist them in being compensated for the horrific experiences they endured,” said Tim.
Paterson was known to have treated private patients at the Little Aston hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Parkway hospital in Solihull between 1997 and 2011.
Anyone seeking advice in a case against Mr Paterson can contact Tim on 01902 392410 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.