Leading medical negligence law firm, Thompsons Solicitors, has today revealed it is acting on behalf of a client embroiled in a new surgical scandal at controversy-stalked Spire Healthcare in the West Midlands.
It is understood that a patient recall process has been launched by Spire Healthcare following concerns about the practice of consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Habib Rahman, at Spire Parkway Hospital.
In a patient recall letter shared with the firm by a client, Spire states it had commissioned the Royal College of Surgeons to conduct an independent review into Mr Habib’s practice, which resulted in a recommended review of patients who received shoulder manipulation surgery from Mr Rahman to ‘assess whether their care was appropriate’.
This latest report of potential wrongdoing by surgeons at Spire Healthcare hospitals comes just weeks before the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Ian Paterson are due to be published.
Disgraced breast surgeon Mr Paterson - who also operated at Spire Healthcare hospitals across the Midlands - was found guilty of wounding with intent after giving hundreds of patients unnecessary breast surgeries. He is currently facing 20 years in prison.
Now, Mr Habib Rahman stands accused of undertaking unnecessary or inappropriate surgical procedures at Spire Healthcare hospitals, in what Thompsons describes as evidence of continuing “systemic failures” at the private healthcare provider.
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National practice lead for clinical negligence at Thompsons Solicitors, Linda Millband, led the civil claims against Spire in the wake of the Ian Paterson scandal. She comments: “A second patient recall and another rogue surgeon operating unnecessarily at Mr Paterson’s old private hospital suggests systemic failings.
“We are aware of this issue because, on receiving a recall letter, an ex-patient connected the dots between Spire, Paterson and our role in bringing him to justice, and reached out to us for advice. There is no evidence that Spire has publicly acknowledged the recall on its website, so we have no way of knowing how many people have been affected.
“This could be the tip of the iceberg, so we encourage others who feel they have received similar unnecessary care from Mr Habib Rahman or indeed any other surgeon at a Spire hospital to come forward. Those we have spoken to so far have been referred to Spire from the NHS, but there may be private patients affected too.
“Whether they reached Spire through the NHS or privately we are committed through our Patients Before Profit Campaign to expose poor patient treatment at private hospitals and are determined that Spire do not get away with brushing yet another recall under what must be a pretty big carpet by now.”
Thompsons is urging anyone who has received a recall letter from Spire or had shoulder manipulation surgery from Mr Rahman to come forward and seek medical and legal advice on making a claim as soon as possible. Concerned patients can seek free, no obligation and confidential legal advice from Thompsons Solicitors about this issue on 0800 0 224 224. Alternatively, click below to start your legal claim.