Patients of former surgeon, Manu Nair, are being encouraged to contact Thompsons Solicitors to make a medical negligence claim before the deadline for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) protocol ends in September.

Negotiations with Mr Nair’s legal representatives will come to a close on 30 September. People who make a claim before this date will be eligible for ADR protocol, which aims to hear claims within 30 weeks of allocation and complete the final hearing in less than a day.

After the deadline, patients will still have up to three years after the negligence took place to start a claim, but they may not be able to use the fast track procedure.

Mr Nair was suspended from practice at Solihull Hospital, Spire Hospital Parkway and Heartlands Hospital in April 2014 following concerns by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust that he conducted radical and unapproved procedures on 170 men with prostate cancer.

Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist medical negligence team is acting on behalf of multiple victims affected by his malpractice, and is now urging other patients to get in touch.

Mr Nair worked in the same hospitals as Ian Paterson, a disgraced breast surgeon, who put patients’ lives at risk by using unapproved techniques and performing unnecessary operations.

Linda Millband, national practice lead of the clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “It’s extremely concerning to see that so many of Mr Nair’s patients have suffered because of his negligence and downright incompetence.

“A number of Mr Nair’s former patients have already come forward and started a claim with us, but some may still be suffering in silence and unaware that they are entitled to compensation.

“Thompsons has decades of experience dealing with cases of medical negligence, and endeavours to keep the best interests of our clients at the core of what we do. We’re urging former patients to contact our medical negligence team before 30 September, so that we can help them get compensation for the injustice they have endured as soon as we can.”