Spire Healthcare, the parent group operating Spire Parkway Hospital where convicted breast surgeon Ian Paterson performed criminally unnecessary surgeries, is believed to have launched a patient recall process following concerns about consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Mr Habib Rahman.
Shoosmiths understand that Spire asked the Royal College of Surgeons to conduct an independent review into Mr Rahman’s practice at Spire Parkway Hospital, which has recommended that patients who received shoulder manipulation surgery from Mr Rahman review the ‘appropriateness of their care.’
However, there appear to be other surgeons at Spire Healthcare who are also under investigation. Kishma Bolaji, a senior associate in Shoosmiths medical negligence team, is currently instructed to investigate a claim against another consultant orthopaedic surgeon, whose practice is also the subject of an internal investigation according to a letter from Spire to our client dated August 2019.
If these latest reports of more surgeons undertaking unnecessary, inappropriate or improper surgical procedures at Spire Healthcare hospitals are indeed true, it is a matter of significant concern and reinforces concern about patient safety in the independent private healthcare sector, especially coming just weeks before the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Ian Paterson are due to be published.
Medical negligence partner Kashmir Uppal has been instrumental in pursuing claims on behalf of those injured by Paterson since 2010 and she continues to work with women treated by Paterson privately at Spire Healthcare. She commented:
“A second patient recall and yet more surgeons being investigated for potentially operating unnecessarily at Spire implies that the failings which allowed Paterson to get away with what he did for so long are in fact deep rooted and systemic. As yet there seems to be no public acknowledgement of the recall of patients of Mr Rahman or the investigation of another surgeon by Spire, so we have no way of knowing how many people may be affected.”
Anyone who is concerned about surgery performed by Mr Rahman or other surgeons at a Spire hospital should contact Spire Healthcare to request review of their treatment.
“The only real difference between NHS and private medicine is that when private patients receive negligent care, it can be more difficult to obtain adequate redress and compensation than NHS patients. Paterson and these latest cases demonstrate that this is an injustice that will require legislation to redress if we are to improve patient safety across the healthcare system."
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