In May 2017, former breast surgeon Mr Ian Paterson was sentenced to 15 years in prison after being responsible for one of the worst instance of clinical negligence seen in recent years in the UK.
Mr Paterson was responsible for providing guideline breaching and in some instances wholly unnecessary surgeries on men and women whom he told had, or were at risk of, breast cancer. The operations took place at NHS hospitals and private Spire Healthcare hospitals in the Midlands and Ian Paterson’s clinical negligence is now thought to have spanned almost a decade.
In April 2017, during the criminal case against Mr Paterson, the court heard how he had opted to carry out invasive lumpectomies rather than biopsies and in some cases
Back in April, the court heard how the defendant carried out invasive lumpectomies instead of biopsies, and even conducted full mastectomies on patients who later found out they never had cancer.