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Breast Cancer Care Services to be Reviewed

Following on from David Pugh’s blog in November ‘Unnecessary and Inappropriate Breast Cancer Surgery’ it was announced this week that the breast cancer care services at Solihull Hospital are to be independently reviewed. The review is being chaired by lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy QC, Vice-President of the College of Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at University College, London.

This review is in addition to the ongoing criminal investigation by West Midlands Police into the unnecessary and inappropriate procedures allegedly carried out by surgeon Ian Paterson. The Heart of England NHS Trust, the General Medical Council and private firm Spire Healthcare are also continuing their investigations into procedures carried out by Mr Paterson between 1994 and 2011.

The Trust confirmed that over 500 women have had their cases reviewed. Approximately 200 women are bringing cases against the Trust and about another 200 cases are being pursued against Spire Healthcare.

Mr Paterson was found in 2011 to be carrying out procedures not within clinical guidelines whereby cancerous tissue was not removed in full from patients resulting in a possible recurrence of the breast cancer. He is also accused of carrying out unnecessary mastectomies where patients were later found not to have breast cancer.

Lanyon Bowdler has a specialist Clinical Negligence department with vast experience in breast cancer cases. If you have had inadequate medical treatment or invasive treatment which was not necessary please get in touch on 01743 280280.