Thursday, 1 June 2017

HOW MANY MORE? 

More than 100 new ‘victims’ come forward claiming butcher breast surgeon Ian Paterson mutilated them – putting the total so far at 453

Rogue surgeon accused of 'playing God' as trial heard he invented to exaggerated risk of cancer to convince patients to go under his knife
MORE than 100 new victims of butcher breast surgeon Ian Paterson have come forward since he was convicted of mutilating women after falsely telling them they had cancer.
Lawyers who won £1.9m damages for 89 NHS patients are now suing a private health firm on behalf of 453 people operated on by the warped consultant.
Breast surgeon Ian Paterson was convicted of unlawfully wounding patients by performing needless operations
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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson was convicted of unlawfully wounding patients by performing needless operations
He invented or exaggerated the risk of cancer to convince them to go under his knife, with one left looking like a “car crash victim”.
Last month he was convicted of 20 counts of wounding nine women and a man whom he treated at two Spire Healthcare clinics in the West Midlands.
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At the time of the crimes he was also a respected NHS consultant working at Solihull Hospital.
Police said after his conviction there could be “hundreds” of other victims and they had taken statements from 248 patients as part of their investigation.
Today law firm Thompsons – which is suing Spire on behalf of 350 clients – revealed a further 103 victims had come forward as a result of publicity surrounding the trial.
Medical negligence solicitor Linda Millband said: “Over the weeks we have received more and more calls from ex-private patients of Paterson.
“That they were not encouraged to come forward and seek help from Spire, or felt unable to come forward until now hoping against hope that they hadn’t been mistreated, is a condemnation of Spire and a tragedy for the individuals made to agonise in silence.
“Thompsons is now representing an additional 103 clients who were treated at Spire Healthcare sites across the Midlands but fear that many more people have yet to come forward to seek the legal and medical advice they need.
“We are determined that Spire Healthcare don’t squirm out of their responsibility for the harm caused at their hospitals on legal technicalities.”
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Ian Paterson was a respected NHS consultant and also raked in fees operating on private patients
The firm has already secured £1.9million in damages for 89 patients treated at the Heart of England NHS Trust since 2009.
Frances Perks, who was advised to undergo a series of ops or develop “full-blown cancer”, said after the case: “I think he’s a psychopath.
“Why would anyone in their right mind do operations to people knowing that they didn’t need them?
“My feelings towards him is I hate him with a passion. You wouldn’t be able to print what I truly think of him and what I would like to see happen to him.
“But I hope he goes down for a very long time and I hope he has a dreadful time in prison and hope he rots in hell.”
Another victim, Leanne Joseph, says she is haunted by Paterson in nightmares since he mutilated her when she was just 25.
Victim Frances Perks blasted Paterson and said she hoped he would "rot in hell"
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Victim Frances Perks blasted Paterson and said she hoped he would ‘rot in hell’
Deborah Hawtin from Matlock, Derbyshire, was just one of Paterson's victims who bravely came forward
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Deborah Hawtin from Matlock, Derbyshire, was one of Paterson’s many victims
 Jade Edgington from Shirley, West Midlands, was just 16 when Paterson performed a series of unnecessary operations on her breasts
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Jade Edgington from Shirley, West Midlands, was just 16 when Paterson performed a series of unnecessary operations on her breasts
Marie Bailey from Tamworth, Staffordshire also underwent several unnecessary operations at the hands of the dodgy doctor
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Marie Bailey from Tamworth, Staffordshire, also underwent several unnecessary operations at the hands of the dodgy doctor
Patricia Welch, who also had unnecessary surgery, said she thought Paterson had a 'God complex'
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Patricia Welch, who also had unnecessary surgery, said she thought Paterson had a ‘God complex’
Marian Moran, a GP and victim of Paterson testified in court against the rogue surgeon
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Dr Rosemary Platt, a GP and victim of Paterson testified in court against the rogue surgeon telling the court she was left in agony following the pointless surgery
Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Marsh said: “I wouldn’t be able to put a number on it [extra victims] but there were 248 people we took statements from.
“There has been lots of speculation as to his motives. Financial gain was one and some patients said he wanted to play God with their lives.
“We will probably never know what his incentive was.”
Scottish-born Paterson, now of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, will be sentenced at the end of this month.
Earlier this week the Royal College of Surgeons branded Paterson’s crimes “beyond comprehension” and said private hospitals should be made to reports concerns about medics.
RCS president Clare Marx said: “Ian Paterson wilfully abused the trust placed in him by patients at their most vulnerable.
“His actions and behaviour were appalling and we must do everything in our power to prevent such a violation being repeated.”