Ian Paterson is being called ‘death surgeon’. The surgeon known for breast operations is being hounded by hundreds of his former patients who claim that he carried out unnecessary operations. Now these patients are demanding compensation for the operations that they claim were not really needed.
The rogue surgeon has finally been convicted by jury on at least 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding. Nonetheless, the doctor was released on bail before his formal sentencing.
It is said that the doctor presented the worst case scenario before the patients and their relatives and cajoled them under different pretexts to opt for surgeries when it was completely unnecessary. He usually created fear of breast cancer among such people. It is needless to say that he made huge amount of money in almost all such surgeries.
The 59-year-old surgeon operated upon hundreds of patients, most of them for breast cancer. Thompsons Solicitors said around 350 patients who underwent treatmentat clinics owned by Spire Healthcare in the West Midlands are taking civil action against him and the firm.
Not just the doctor invented reasons to force patients to undergo surgeries, the company’s “shabby” treatment compounded the grievance of those who complained. Ian Paterson worked at two private hospitals in the West Midlands.
Thompsons Solicitors’ Linda Millband while talking about the surgeon and his modus operandi says, “There are an enormous number of people who have suffered through having the incorrect diagnosis and have had totally erroneous treatment, and there are others who have been over-treated…Our case is not only against Mr Paterson, it is also against Spire Hospitals and the Heart of England Foundation Trust – and our allegations are that neither of the hospital authorities took the necessary steps to protect our victims and clients.”
Meanwhile officials who investigated the entire episode say that surgeon’s victims believed he wanted to “play God” with their lives and it is believed the surgeon may also have been driven by financial gain. As a result of his work, he owned a luxury home in Birmingham’s Edgbaston area, numerous properties in Cardiff and Manchester and a holiday home in the US.