A BREAST cancer surgeon at the centre of a patient recall has been stopped from working at Solihull Hospital.
Ian Paterson’s “cleavage sparing” mastectomy practices were investigated and called into question at Solihull Hospital, which is part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.
An internal probe found the surgeon was leaving a small amount of breast tissue around the cleavage for cosmetic reasons on some of his patients.
Most surgeons follow national guidelines to remove excess breast tissue as it could increase the risk of cancer returning.
This led to the immediate recall of 12 patients treated by Mr Paterson and further monitoring for cancer re-emergence for another 60.
One of these patients received a payout after she redeveloped breast cancer after surgery.
The hospital said that a review of breast surgery services in 2007 identified that a surgical technique for mastectomies used by Mr Paterson required closer scrutiny to establish whether it represented best practice.
A statement said: “This Trust’s position, after careful consideration, was that the technique was not an approach considered appropriate going forward, and the method was therefore stopped.
“The trust is continuing to invite all of Mr Paterson’s patients who underwent a mastectomy to see an alternative surgeon for a review of their treatment and care.
“This includes patients who have been discharged.”
The General Medical Council is investigating the matter.
The surgeon currently works at private hospitals Spire Little Aston, in Sutton Coldfield, and Spire Parkway, in Solihull.
Spire Healthcare said Mr Paterson was continuing to see follow-up patients but he was not operating at either hospital.
Heart of England have set up an advice line on 0121 424 5473.