The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust (RCHT) has confirmed it is reviewing patients who attended the Gynaecology Outpatient Department within the last two and a half years.

It says this review has been triggered by concerns about some of the treatment and care provided by Mr K R Jones, a former consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

In the first week of November, RCHT sent letters to 1,574 women telling them about the review of their treatment and care and inviting them to provide feedback on the care they received. Medical records will be examined as part of the review.

Trust is reviewing the care and treatment offered to specific women seen by Mr Jones

In a statement, Lezli Boswell, RCHT Chief Executive, said: "As a result of concerns raised by our staff about Mr Jones, we ordered an immediate internal investigation and at the same time limited his clinical practice.”

“RCHT then asked the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to carry out an independent review of Mr Jones’ clinical practice. That review has been done and the Trust has implemented all of its recommendations. In addition the Trust is reviewing the care and treatment offered to specific women seen by Mr Jones.

“I know that while we are undertaking this review of some of Mr Jones’ patients, other women may have concerns or questions about the care and treatment they too received from Mr Jones.

“I am deeply sorry for any anxiety, pain or distress caused to our patients. I also want to acknowledge and thank all those staff and patients who spoke out about Mr Jones.

“The Trust is committed to finding out the full extent of the problems caused by this individual consultant’s clinical practice and will take all steps necessary to ensure we do the best by our patients who have received poor treatment or care.”

Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors

The Trust has confirmed Mr Jones is no longer employed by RCHT and has not worked at the hospital since May 2012. The General Medical Council (GMC) is aware of the situation and he is no longer on the medical register.

Madeleine Pinschof, Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “This is clearly a very serious matter. If you are concerned that you have not received appropriate treatment, or have been affected in any way, then please pick up the phone and contact us for independent advice.

“Mr Jones’ actions will have caused anxiety for hundreds of the women involved, and it is vital that any worries they have are addressed immediately.”

Thompsons Solicitors is one of the leading clinical negligence firms in the UK and is currently representing more than 350 clients who received unnecessary breast cancer treatment or inappropriate ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomies from another consultant, Ian Stuart Paterson, at hospitals in the midlands.

The Thompsons clinical negligence team can be contacted for confidential advice on 0800 0 224 224

The Trust has also set up an Information Line on 0800 180 4514 which is open from Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.