A SURGEON at Solihull Hospital has been suspended from practising medicine after accusations he carried out hundreds of botched breast cancer operations.
Ian Paterson is accused of performing “cleaving sparing” mastectomies which left a small amount of tissue for cosmetic reasons.
The procedures, carried out at Solihull Hospital and Spire Healthcare Group-run private hospitals in Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, breached national guidelines stating that tissue left after a mastectomy increases the likelihood of cancer recurring.
More than 700 women treated by Mr Paterson, from Edgbaston, have been urgently referred to specialists for new examinations.
Last month it also emerged Spire Healthcare was investigating the cases of up to 450 patients over claims Mr Paterson may have unnecessarily removed benign ‘non-cancerous’ lumps from their breasts.
Initially, the General Medical Council (GMC) imposed conditions on Mr Paterson’s registration, which allowed him to continue outpatient consultations and general surgery work aside from breast operations.
But the GMC have now confirmed a decision has been made to suspend his registration until an investigation was completed into his practise.
Ally Taft, a solicitor for law firm Alsters Kelley, which is representing women who are taking legal action, welcomed the suspension.
“I am still receiving regular enquiries from ladies and it seems sensible to suspend him until matters can be investigated fully, in order to provide some comfort to members of the public,” she said.
“I feel the GMC have taken the correct and appropriate steps given the circumstances.”
Medical files of women operated on by Mr Paterson at the hospitals between 2004 and 2011 are being checked as part of the investigation.