The final negotiated settlement sum of £37 million for private patients treated by the disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been approved by Mrs Justice Whipple at a hearing in the Royal Courts of Justice today, 27 September 2017.
Around 750 patients who had been treated by Paterson in his private practice will finally receive compensation. Much of this fund (£27.2 million) has come from the private firm, Spire Healthcare, which afforded Paterson practising privileges at Spire Parkway hospital in the West Midlands.
The remaining £10 million comes from Paterson's insurers and the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT). The Trust has already paid out compensation totalling nearly £18 million in damages and legal costs to patients who had been treated by Paterson while he was working for the NHS.
Before she joined Shoosmiths as a medical negligence partner Kashmir Uppal had been instrumental in pursuing claims on behalf of those injured by Paterson since 2010 and she continues to represent women treated by Paterson privately at Spire Healthcare. She commented:
‘I am pleased that this settlement has been agreed and approved without the need to put the distressed clients I represent through the trauma of another trial and bring an end to a protracted period of litigation and anxiety for those whose lives he has ruined and whose trust he abused.’
‘Of course, no amount of money will ever heal the physical and mental scars these women and men have suffered, but they are relieved and I am equally happy that their long wait and uncertainty about whether they would be compensated for the pain Paterson caused them is now finally over.’
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