Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Roger Bainton, who is currently suspended while the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) conducts a review into the treatment he gave some patients, has been previously suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC).

In 2002, Roger Bainton was suspended by the GMC for gross misconduct following the death of one of his patient’s while he was working in Aberdeen.

In a letter brought to light by ITV, it appears that UHNS knew about Roger Bainton’s history, but continued to employ him anyway. In response, UHNS said that it takes the appropriate references for all employees before hiring them.

UHNS has reviewed the care of 88 patients of Roger Bainton after the Royal College of Surgeons discovered that many of them had been given unnecessary surgery. In its latest update, UHNS stated that, after its own review, it found that only 18 patients had suffered harm under Bainton’s care, although additional patients were being called for a review into their treatment.

Linda Millband, joint national head of the clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, commented:

"This latest development regarding Roger Bainton is deeply concerning.

"We are currently representing around 60 patients treated by Roger Bainton and, while UHNS claims that only 18 suffered harm, we are committed to supporting anyone who thinks they may not have received the appropriate treatment while under his care.

"Some patients are only seeing the consequences from his unproven surgical techniques or unnecessary surgery years after they were operated on, so it is not just a case of those who are having problems now. Many patients want their minds put at rest that the treatment they received is up to the standard we would all expect. It is vital that they get this reassurance.

"We are still urging anyone who is yet to seek medical help, or is concerned about the treatment they may have received while under Roger Bainton’s care, to call our free helpline for advice on 0115 989 7256."