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The Paterson Inquiry: what can we learn?

The Paterson Inquiry investigated a healthcare scandal involving ‘17 counts of wounding patients with intent’ and highlighted many more accounts of distressing treatment at the hands of a ‘rogue surgeon’. So what can we learn from the Government’s long-awaited report and how should we identify and challenge misconduct in the future?

The Government’s long-awaited response to the Paterson Inquiry has now been published. The Inquiry investigated a healthcare scandal involving ‘17 counts of wounding patients with intent’ and highlighted many more accounts of distressing treatment at the hands of a ‘rogue surgeon’, who is believed to have subjected more than 1,000 patients to unnecessary and damaging operations over a period of 14 years. 

In December 2017, the Government launched an independent national inquiry following the malpractice of jailed surgeon, Ian Paterson. Paterson was a consultant breast surgeon employed by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) who also had practising privileges in the independent sector at Spire Parkway and Spire Little Aston.

He was found guilty in April 2017 of 17 counts of wounding patients with intent and was sentenced to jail for 20 years. The trial established that the rogue surgeon had undertaken numerous unnecessary breast operations over many years, causing appalling harm and distress to hundreds of patients.

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