Free open day at Thompsons Solicitors on Monday 10 November for patients of Paul Miller
Prostate and bladder cancer patients treated by consultant urologist Paul Miller at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley who are concerned they may have been the subject of mistreatment are being urged to come forward and seek advice.
Over 1,000 patients may have been mistreated
Mr Miller was suspended by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in December last year and later dismissed from his position at East Surrey Hospital after an investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons found 27 people came to “serious significant harm” because of the treatment they received while under his care. The Trust believes that as many as 1,200 prostate and bladder cancer patients, dating back to 2006, may have been mistreated.
Thompsons Solicitors is holding a free open day in central London on Monday 10 November for anyone who is concerned about the treatment they received from Mr Miller and has set up an advice line on 020 7290 0000.
The chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Michael Wilson, has confirmed that the consultant had not “followed the advice of multi-disciplinary teams carrying out established and recognised cancer treatments.”
Mr Miller also worked at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital and its director, John Crisp, said they suspended Mr Miller in December 2013 and were reviewing their own patient medical records as quickly as possible.
Clear breach of patient safety
Joint head of the medical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, Linda Millband, commented: “Patient safety must always be the absolute priority for medical professionals, and it is vital that patients trust the medical treatment that they receive. While we are yet to know the full scale of wrongdoing in this case, it is clear that both trust and patient safety have been breached in some way and it is vital that Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS does what is right and launches a full investigation into what has happened.
“We have already have some of Mr Miller’s worried former patients coming forward and we urge others to do the same. Knowing where you stand legally can be a hugely important, and we’re here to support those who think they may have been affected by Paul Miller’s medical practices every step of the way.
“In cases of clinical negligence, patients have three years from the point that they found out about the wrongdoing to start a claim. Therefore, even if your operation was several years ago a legal course of action may still be open to you.”
Free legal advice available
The open day is being held at Thompsons’ Congress House office, on Great Russell Street in central London (WC1B 3LW) on Monday 10 November for anyone who has been treated by Paul Miller and is concerned that they may have been subject to malpractice.
If you are unable to attend you can call Thompsons on 0808 252 2785 and one of our expert medical negligence solicitors will be able to discuss your concerns and can visit you at or closer to your home.
East Surrey Hospital has also set up a helpline. Concerned patients can call 0808 168 7754 between 11am and 7pm Monday to Friday.
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