Breast cancer surgery scandal – expert comment

05/12/2011

Yesterday the news broke that hundreds of women who had breast cancer surgery at Solihull Hospital, in the West Midlands, have been told that they must return to see specialists as it could have been botched.

Eddie Jones, head of the Clinical Negligence department at law firm JMW, said it is a shocking case of possible medical negligence by surgeon Ian Paterson, who has been banned from carrying out breast surgery by the General Medical Council, after his experimental “cleavage sparing” procedures broke guidelines.

Mr Jones commented: “The scale of this case is staggering, and the fact that Mr Paterson was able to continue to perform this risky procedure unchecked for as long as he did is deeply concerning. The women could have a good legal case for medical negligence and the hospital trust should be bracing itself for substantial compensation payouts, depending on the severity of the impact on each individual’s life.

“Performing surgery that is against guidelines, and increases their risk of the disease returning, is dicing with death and the impact on them is likely to be significant. We would urge any women that were given a mastectomy by Ian Paterson at Solihull Hospital to contact the hospital as a matter of urgency, so that their current condition can be assessed. Their health has already potentially  been put at risk, now urgent steps must be taken to ensure that they receive the medical attention they need.”

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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kelly Livesey
D. 0161 828 1868
E. Kelly.livesey@jmw.co.uk

Note to Editors
JMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.
JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading clinical negligence lawyer, Eddie Jones. For more than a decade he and his team have advised and represented thousands of victims of clinical negligence, and their relatives, and have obtained over £70 million in compensation for their clients, as well as providing the answers as to why their medical treatment has gone wrong.



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