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Breast surgeon jailed for 15 years for carrying out needless operations

A rogue breast surgeon who left hundreds of patients disfigured and traumatised after carrying out needless operations has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Consultant surgeon Ian Stuart Paterson, 59, was convicted last month of 17 counts of wounding with intent, relating to nine women and one man. He was also convicted of three further wounding charges.

Jurors at the seven-week trial at Nottingham crown court decided the surgeon carried out “extensive, life-changing operations for no medically justifiable reason” on the 10 patients between 1997 and 2011. The jury heard that Paterson regularly “miscoded” procedures, charging for more expensive treatment.

He was accused of carrying out the often pointless surgery for “obscure motives”, which may have included a desire to earn extra money.

The NHS has been forced to pay out almost £10m in compensation to more than 250 patients. But Paterson could have more than 1,000 additional victims, among them hundreds of private Spire Healthcare patients who may never be compensated for botched and unnecessary surgery. Since his conviction more than 100 former patients have come forward.

Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, called Paterson’s actions “profoundly shocking” and promised to hold an inquiry into the actions of the disgraced surgeon if the party is returned to power.

Read more in The Guardian.

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