Deadline for potential surgery clinical negligence claimants in Liverpool
Women who may have suffered medical negligence through the actions of an uro-gynaecologist surgeon working in Liverpool between 1993 and 2008 are being urged to come forward before September to make a possible compensation claim.
One personal injury specialist solicitor already has details of 300 women who feel they were mis-treated by George Rowland, who was suspended by Liverpool Women's NHS Foundation Trust in 2008 and is not allowed to undertake operations, after complaints emerged about him performing incorrect surgery, doing it badly and neglecting after-care.
Mr Rowland mainly worked at the Aintree Centre for Women's Health and treated women suffering from incontinence. He was also employed at Aintree and Fazackerley hospitals and Liverpool Women's Hospital.
Initial concerns about his work were raised in 2004 but was not until April 2009 the hospital began reviewing his cases and recalling patients.
The General Medical Council (GMC), which investigated the surgeon's performance, said it had concerns over misdiagnosis and inappropriate procedures, resulting in women suffering continuing symptoms and some undergoing unnecessarily complicated operations.
As part of an agreement drawn up to handle compensation claims resulting from Mr Rowland's actions, an extension to the usual three-year legal limit to start a damages action after an incident has been agreed and any patient treated by him has until September 3 to file a potential medical negligence claim.