A PRIVATE hospital has been slammed for failing to have launched an inquiry into disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson’s operations.
The law firm representing hundreds of people who received unnecessary or inappropriate breast surgery by Dr Paterson is calling on Spire Healthcare to mount an open inquiry into operations he conducted at their hospitals. The surgeon worked at Spire Parkway in Solihull and Spire Little Aston, as well as the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s hospitals; Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope from 1994.
He is currently under investigation by the trust, the General Medical Council and police in relation to 700 cases of guideline-breaching ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies and up to 450 cases of totally unnecessary surgery.
But Thompsons Solicitors said it was “unacceptable” that Spire had still not announced plans for their own inquiry.
“There is a shocking apparent lack of regret or transparency from Spire Healthcare,” said Kashmir Uppal, senior medical negligence solicitor at the firm.
“It seems they are happy to let the NHS take the full force of public outrage while they weather the storm from the sidelines.
“[Spire] need to look into how Mr Paterson was able to carry on without apparently adequate accountability or control.
“Given the private sector is, under this government, gaining a significant foothold in the NHS it doesn’t bode well for future transparency when things go wrong as they clearly did here.”
Paula Naylor, hospital director at Spire Parkway, said the private healthcare provider was supporting the GMC’s ongoing investigation and was holding consultations affected patients.
“Once we have concluded our reviews with patients and have a clear picture of what has occurred, we will be undertaking a thorough investigation to understand what further safeguards can be introduced over and above those we already have in place in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients,” she added.
Any patient treated by Ian Paterson who has immediate concerns should call Spire on 0800 044 3134 or Thompsons Solicitors on 08000 224 224.