Com­pen­sa­tion for around 750 pri­vate pa­tients of dis­graced sur­geon Pater­son

Solihull News - - FRONT PAGE - CATHRINA HULSE cathrina. hulse@ trin­i­tymir­ror. com

AROUND 750 pri­vate pa­tients treated by dis­graced breast sur­geon Ian Pater­son will re­ceive com­pen­sa­tion from a new £ 37 mil­lion fund.

Spire Health­care, which runs pri­vate hos­pi­tals across the UK, will con­trib­ute £ 27.2 mil­lion to the fund, which is in­tended to halt le­gal pro­ceed­ings by pa­tients against the group and ac­count for any new claims.

Around £ 10 mil­lion 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.

Ju­rors also con­victed him of three fur­ther wound­ing charges.

More than 500 of Pater­son’s pri­vate pa­tients had been due to take their case to the High Court next month.

The for­mer sur­geon served at Soli­hull Hos­pi­tal and pri­vate­lyrun Spire Hos­pi­tals in Soli­hull and Lit­tle As­ton.

In its state­ment, Spire said the agree­ment was con­di­tional on all par­ties agree­ing, and the court ap­prov­ing, the terms of a for­mal court or­der.

It said the or­der “will con­clude all cur­rent and known claims from pa­tients against Spire Health­care and its code­fen­dants, Ian Pater­son and Heart of Eng­land NHS Foun­da­tion Trust”.

“The or­der will also pro­vide for a por­tion of the fund to be set aside to pro­vide com­pen­sa­tion for any for­mer pa­tient of Mr Pater­son who has not yet brought a le­git­i­mate claim against Spire Health­care and the other de­fen­dants but does so prior to 30 Oc­to­ber 2018.”

The agree­ment has been made in con­junc­tion with Pater­son’s in­sur­ers.

Si­mon Gor­don, in­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive at Spire, said: “Ian Pater­son be­haved with clear crim­i­nal in­tent and abused the trust of those who looked to him for his care and re­lied upon his ex­per­tise.

“Whilst noth­ing di­min­ishes Mr Pater­son’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, th­ese events took place in our hos­pi­tals, and this should not have hap­pened.

“We ac­cept that bet­ter clin­i­cal gov­er­nance in the pri­vate hos­pi­tals where Mr Pater­son prac­tised, as well as in his NHS trust, might have led to ac­tion be­ing taken sooner, and it is right that we have made a ma­te­rial con­tri­bu­tion to the set­tle­ment an­nounced to­day.

“We have apol­o­gised un­re­servedly to Pater­son’s pa­tients for their suf­fer­ing and dis­tress and we would like to re­peat that apol­ogy.”

Dur­ing the trial, it emerged that Pater­son, who treated thou­sands of pa­tients dur­ing his ca­reer, ex­ag­ger­ated or in­vented can­cer risks and claimed pay­ments for more ex­pen­sive pro­ce­dures. He also car­ried out hun­dreds of un­nec­es­sary op­er­a­tions on NHS pa­tients.

The NHS has so far paid more than £ 17 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion.

Whilst noth­ing di­min­ishes Pater­son’s re­spon­si­bil­ity, th­ese events took place in our hos­pi­tals, and this should not have hap­pened. SPIRE IN­TERIM CEO SI­MON GOR­DON

Ian Pater­son is serv­ing a 20- year sen­tence for wound­ing pa­tients

Ian Pater­son worked at the Spire Hos­pi­tal in Soli­hull

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