The criminal trial of Consultant Breast Surgeon, Mr Ian Paterson, who worked at the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare started today at Nottingham Crown Court.
Mr Paterson has been under criminal investigation for a number of years following unnecessary surgical procedures he carried out at Spire Private Hospital in the West Midlands between 1997 and 2011. He has been charged with one count of maliciously causing grievous bodily harm and 20 counts of wounding with intent in relation to his surgical actions.
Kashmir Uppal a specialist medical negligence solicitor was involved in bringing the first civil case against Mr Paterson in relation to these issues and was the lead solicitor in the Paterson claims before she joined Shoosmiths.
Kashmir has spent much of her career settling a large number of clinical negligence cases for his patients. As a result of the first case, many hundreds of women across the West Midlands region who had been treated by Mr Paterson came forward.
The clinical negligence team at Shoosmiths continues to advise his patients on civil cases.
Shoosmiths clinical negligence partner, Kashmir Uppal, said:
‘Mr Paterson’s decisions to undertake unnecessary operations on our clients have had terrible consequences for them, mentally and physically. For the last six years I have fought and settled cases on behalf of women affected by surgical procedures undertaken by Mr Paterson.
Mr Paterson has now been found fit to stand in a criminal trial and a jury has been sworn in. It is anticipated we will know the outcome in ten weeks’ time when the trial concludes.’
Mr Paterson pleads not guilty to maliciously wounding patients.
Shoosmiths will monitor the developments in the criminal case and will further liaise with those affected with respect to civil clinical negligence claims.