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Case against cancer surgeon hit by delays
Compensation claims against a surgeon accused of carrying out unnecessary breast cancer operations have been delayed, because the specialist at the centre of the controversy is suffering psychiatric problems.
Five women are pursuing a High Court damages claim against Ian Paterson, who is alleged
to have carried out needless procedures after misdiagnosing breast cancer.
The women claim they were negligently treated by Mr Paterson, who also faces claims that in other cases he performed incomplete mastectomies, leading to cancer returning.
At a recent hearing, the High Court heard that the surgeon “lacked the capacity” to instruct his lawyers and the case was adjourned for eight weeks.
Mr Paterson worked at Solihull Hospital, in the West Midlands, as an NHS consultant and also performed surgery at two private hospitals in the region.
The five women who have taken legal action are thought to be just the “tip of the iceberg” of those who have given notice of claims. As many as 400 are thought to be considering compensation.
At Royds, our personal injury team has a wealth of experience representing both claimants and defendants in respect of clinical negligence claims. For more information pleasevisit or email James Millar Craig.
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