£ 37M FUND TO PAY MEDIC’S VICTIMS
Compensation for around 750 private patients of disgraced surgeon Paterson
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