Ian Paterson: Independent inquiry into breast surgeon

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

    An independent inquiry is to be held into the malpractice of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who carried out hundreds of botched operations.

    It will aim to learn lessons from the case and improve care, the Department of Health said.

    Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent in April after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court. He had his initial 15-year jail term increased to 20 years in August.

    The inquiry will begin in January.

    The DoH said the scope of the inquiry was likely to consider:

    • The responsibility for the quality of care in the independent sector
    • Information sharing, reporting of activity and raising concerns between the independent sector and the NHS
    • The role of insurers of independent sector healthcare providers, including how data it holds about the scope and volume of work carried out by doctors is shared with the sector

    Health Minister Philip Dunne said: “Ian Paterson’s malpractice sent shockwaves across the health system due to the seriousness and extent of his crimes, and I am determined to make sure lessons are learnt from this.”

    Paterson, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, was jailed in May after an eight-week trial trial.

    The court heard from nine women and one man who were treated in the private sector at Little Aston and Parkway Hospitals, run by Spire Healthcare, in the West Midlands between 1997 and 2011.

    His sentence was increased by Court of Appeal judges who found his initial sentence was unduly lenient.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-42265738

    The inquiry will be chaired by the Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.

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