An MPTS (Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) hearing in Manchester has ruled that disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson’s actions were “serious, calculated, and sustained” as they struck him from the medical register yesterday (25 July 2017). 

“Mr Paterson’s formal removal from the medical register is an important milestone but is by no means the end of the story,” said Linda Millband, medical negligence expert at Thompsons Solicitors and the lead solicitor on the civil case.

"The private healthcare sector in particular must take stock and ensure that from now on, early warning systems and processes are in place and regularly tested to spot and close down rogue operators like Paterson."

Linda Millband
medical negligence expert at Thompsons Solicitors

“We are pleased that the conclusion from the MPTS hearing into Mr Paterson’s clinical practice has seen him struck from the register. 

“However, as this chapter closes all those involved must make sure the mistakes made or opportunities to intervene missed are learned from and not put to one side as organisations move on. We must remember that his terrible legacy lives on for his patients. 

“The private healthcare sector in particular must take stock and ensure that from now on, early warning systems and processes are in place and regularly tested to spot and close down rogue operators like Paterson.” 

In May 2017, Mr Ian Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent in respect of his private practice at Spire Healthcare hospitals in the West Midlands. He was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment following a criminal hearing at Nottingham Crown Court, however the Crown Prosecution Service is due to appeal the length of this sentence at the Court of Appeal in August. 

Thompsons Solicitors acts on behalf of over 500 ex-patients of Mr Paterson treated at both private and NHS hospitals who are pursuing clinical negligence compensation claims within the civil courts.