Victims of rogue NI-educated surgeon to get £37m pay out

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 13, 2017

Spire Healthcare has agreed to pay £27.2 million into a fund to provide compensation to the victims of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

The additional £10m will be provided by co-defendants in the case, including Paterson's insurers.

Paterson was jailed for 20 years after he was found guilty in April at Nottingham crown court of 17 counts of wounding with intent.

He was initially sentenced to 15 years in jail but this was upped to 20 in August after Court of Appeal judges ruled the sentence was too lenient.

Spire Healthcare, which runs private hospitals across the United Kingdom, will contribute £27.2 million to the fund.

He also carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients.

The surgeon's trial heard he wildly exaggerated his patients' cancer symptoms, leading them to have several needless operations which left them scarred for life physically and emotionally.

The agreement is conditional upon the parties agreeing, and the Court approving, the terms of a formal Court Order which is expected to be considered by the High Court in October.

The NHS has been forced to pay out nearly £10m in compensation to more than 250 of Paterson's patients who were subjected to unnecessary breast operations.

"He behaved with clear criminal intent and abused the trust of those who looked to him for his care and relied upon his expertise".

"We have apologised unreservedly to Mr Paterson's patients for their suffering and distress and we would like to repeat that apology".

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