Fam­i­lies of rogue sur­geon’s vic­tims win huge pay­outs Con­sul­tant lied about ex­pe­ri­ence to get job

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Jeanette Old­ham In­ves­ti­ga­tions Edi­tor

AHOSPITAL trust which em­ployed a rogue sur­geon has paid huge com­pen­sa­tion set­tle­ments to fam­i­lies of five of his pa­tients who later died.

Crooked con­sul­tant Sudip Sarker was jailed for six years ear­lier this month for ly­ing about his sur­gi­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to land a key role at the Alexan­dra Hos­pi­tal in Red­ditch.

Cash-strapped Worces­ter­shire Acute Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust pre­vi­ously con­firmed it had paid dam­ages to 19 of his pa­tients, to­talling £1,970,000.

But the Post has dis­cov­ered that five of those pa­tients had died af­ter surgery in­volv­ing Sarker and their fam­i­lies are un­der­stood to have re­ceived six-fig­ure set­tle­ments for clin­i­cal neg­li­gence.

In­quests are due to take place into the deaths of four of his pa­tients who un­der­went op­er­a­tions at the Alexan­dra, where he worked from Au­gust 2011 un­til June 2012.

The in­quests for Wil­liam Jones, aged 84, Daphne Tay­lor, 81, Jean Thomas, 80, and 68-year-old Sid­ney Millin will take place in the au­tumn.

Be­fore then, Sarker will face a Pro­ceeds of Crime hear­ing in May which will look at seiz­ing any as­sets or cash linked to his fraud.

A spokesman for Worces­ter­shire Acute Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust con­firmed that five of the 19 com­pen­sa­tion claims re­lated to de­ceased pa­tients.

“The claims were made through the Clin­i­cal Neg­li­gence Scheme so will broadly be said.

A fi­nal 20th com­pen­sa­tion claim has yet to be set­tled. But once agreed, the to­tal money paid out by the Trust is ex­pected to top £2 mil­lion.

Sarker was con­victed of fraud af­ter a trial at Worces­ter Crown Court.

A jury heard he had lied about his med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to land a £100,000-a-year job as a con­sul­tant col­orec­tal sur­geon af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed by a se­lec­tion panel at the trust.

But alarm bells be­gan ring­ing af­ter fears that a dis­pro­por­tion­ate num­ber of pa­tients, many bat­tling can­cer, suf­fered life-chang­ing com­pli­ca­tions af­ter their treat­ment.

A Royal Col­lege of Sur­geons re­port was pre­sented to the health trust in Oc­to­ber 2012 af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­ter­viewed hos­pi­tal staff and ex­am­ined pa­tient records.

It is un­der­stood that they rec­om­mended pa­tients and other rel­e­vant bod­ies should be alerted im­me­di­ately to the Sarker con­cerns.

Yet the Trust only went pub­lic by launch­ing a helpline for pa­tients in June 2013 – af­ter the Birm­ing­ham Post ex­posed the scan­dal.

What fol­lowed was a chain of events that even­tu­ally led to a full po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the even­tual jail­ing of the greedy sur­geon.

Pros­e­cu­tor Ja­cob Hal­lam said Sarker had been guilty of an abuse of po­si­tion of power, trust and re­spon­si­bil­ity and his ap­point­ment had led to many ‘dis­as­trous op­er­a­tions’.

“This fraud has a se­ri­ous detri­men­tal ef­fect on all the vic­tims,” he said. for clin­i­cal neg­li­gence,” he

> Sudip Sarker was jailed for six years

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