Ex-patients were suffering in silence after private firm Spire Healthcare did not encourage them to seek help
Thompsons Solicitors, the lead law firm representing patients treated by the negligent surgeon, can confirm that over one hundred new victims came forward seeking legal help during and since the criminal trial of Ian Paterson.
"We are committed to using the full weight of our expertise to fight for each and every one of our clients and, crucially, we are determined that Spire Healthcare don’t squirm out of their responsibility for the harm caused at their hospitals on legal technicalities."
Linda Millband, medical negligence specialist at Thompsons who is leading on the civil claims said: “over the weeks we have received more and more calls from ex-private patients of Paterson. That they were not encouraged to come forward and seek help from Spire or felt unable to come forward until now hoping against hope that they hadn’t been mistreated is a condemnation of Spire and a tragedy for the individuals made to agonise in silence.
“Thompsons is now representing an additional 103 clients who were treated at Spire Healthcare sites across the Midlands but fear that many more people have yet to come forward to seek the legal and medical advice they need.
“We are committed to using the full weight of our expertise to fight for each and every one of our clients and, crucially, we are determined that Spire Healthcare don’t squirm out of their responsibility for the harm caused at their hospitals on legal technicalities. It is a scandal that Spire were happy enough to take our clients’ money but when it comes to accepting responsibility for what one of the surgeons they promoted and endorsed did on their premises they are running a mile.”
Thompsons has led on the case for justice for ex-patients of Ian Paterson since 2009, securing upwards of £1.9million in damages for 89 patients treated at the Heart of England NHS Trust. They are now pursuing cases on behalf of 350 people who received treatment privately at Spire Little Aston and Spire Parkway.
Mr Ian Paterson, who was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients on the 28 April 2017, will be sentenced in Nottingham later this month (31 May).
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