A SOLIHULL surgeon is being investigated by police after allegedly carrying out unnecessary and botched breast operations on male and female patients.
More than 700 women treated with ‘cleavage-sparing’ by Mr Paterson, at Solihull Hospital and two private Spire hospitals, have been urgently referred to specialists for new examinations.
Now the surgeon is also being investigated by the General Medical Council, the GMC, over claims he may have unnecessarily removed lumps from both male and female patients’ breast tissue.
Company director Helen Gardiner, from Castle Bromwich, has been told by medics that she may have had five unnecessary procedures while under the care of Mr Paterson at Spire Parkway Hospital, in Damsonwood
Over the course of five years, he allegedly told her suspected lumps were pre-cancerous and that she had to have them removed.
“I feel extremely angry,” she said. “I just cannot get my head around this.”
Kashmir Uppal, senior medical negligence solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, which is handling more than 250 cases against Mr Paterson, said: “Cases are coming in all the time.
“As of [last] Friday we were dealing with the cases of seven men who have had surgery under Mr Paterson.”
Meanwhile, the firm is dealing with two cases of women who had cleavage sparing mastectomies, after Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust told Mr Paterson to cease the procedure in 2007. He continued to work at the Trust until May 2011.
The procedures breach national guidelines stating that tissue left after a mastectomy increases the likelihood of cancer recurring.
“Our clients have been given no explanation as to why he was allowed to carry on performing this procedure and are concerned it took so long to pick up the fact he was continuing,” said Ms Uppal.
In one case Mr Paterson carried out a cleavage sparing operation on a woman in November 2010, three years after he was supposed to have stopped. She had to have the residual tissue removed earlier this year.
Police have launched an investigation into the surgeon, who has had his licence to practise suspended by the GMC.