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Ian Paterson compensation claims

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The disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson is one of the most infamous medical practitioners in the UK. After practicing at public and private hospitals for many years, it was revealed that Paterson had reportedly been performing unnecessary or incomplete breast surgery on many patients. Gradually, more and more of Paterson’s former patients were contacted in relation to the potentially dangerous treatment and surgery they underwent at his hands. Now, it has been reported that a further 5,500 victims could be eligible to engage in the Ian Paterson compensation claims process.

Following a criminal case, Ian Paterson was reportedly found guilty on 17 counts of wounding with intent, plus a further 3 counts of wounding, for which he was sentenced to 20 years. His actions may have harmed thousands of patients, and it is concerning that he was able to get away with such dangerous treatment for so long.

As specialists in personal injury and medical negligence claims, we want to help those who were harmed by Ian Paterson to achieve the justice that they deserve. The traumatic procedures he subjected them to cannot always be reversed, but the hospitals who allowed such a doctor to continue practising can – and must – be held accountable.

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Spire Healthcare court case comes to conclusion

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A private healthcare provider has been fined after it was found that it failed to notify patients of potential treatment failures and problems within a reasonable period of time. The Spire Healthcare court case has now led to a fine of £5,000 for the firm, which was also ordered to pay almost £15,000 in court costs.

The care provided by Michael Walsh, a former orthopaedic surgeon, was reviewed within Spire Healthcare in 2017 and later by an orthopaedic consultant in 2018. It has been reported that four affected patients were not made aware of the potentially negligent care until at least several months after the concerns were said to have been raised.

It is concerning that Spire Hospital Leeds delayed giving information to patients for so long, leaving them unaware of the reasons behind the pain they may have been experiencing following potentially harmful procedures. Healthcare organisations should always be transparent when it comes to medical negligence investigations, or they risk worsening the health and wellbeing of affected patients.

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson – hundreds of potential victims yet to be contacted

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Despite the fact a year has passed since the independent review into breast surgeon Ian Paterson and his treatment of patients, it is understood that hundreds of his former patients have yet to be contacted in the ongoing patient recall. It may be that approximately 6,500 of Paterson’s patients have been contacted, but a total of 11,000 may still need to be reviewed.

Paterson is currently serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted of wounding with intent. His unnecessary practices, such as mastectomy procedures that were not required, were not only dangerous, but also incredibly traumatic for the victims, leaving them with physical and mental scars.

We believe that it is not only Paterson who should be held accountable – the hospitals in which he worked in have a lot to answer for too. It is shocking that such treatments completely bypassed hospital management, and it suggests that systematic failings allowed Ian Paterson to get away with his harmful actions. As such, we believe that there are many of Paterson’s patients who may still be able to make a medical negligence claim. If you have been contacted by the hospital involved, or if you believe you have been affected, do not hesitate to contact us for advice on your potential claim.

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Lung Cancer Referrals down 50% due to COVID-19

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Cancer Research UK has revealed that lung cancer referrals are said to be down 50% over the last few months due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Fewer patients may be visiting their GP with lung cancer symptoms due to the similar nature of coronavirus symptoms, and this is seen as a cause for concern.

Cancer Research UK is said to be concerned not just about the apparent lack of lung cancer referrals, but also the lack of referrals for all types of cancer. They fear that the Government’s ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ messaging may have impacted people’s decision-making to visit their GP and, as a result, hindered early diagnosis of cancers and, perhaps, the outcome of treatments.

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Concerns over anti-depressant prescriptions for children

A shocking number of anti-depressant prescriptions for children has been revealed. It has been said that 1,572 infants were prescribed anti-depressants to stabilise their moods between 2015 and 2019, which is a cause for concern.

This is an astonishing statistic considering that the NHS guidance recommends not prescribing under-18’s anti-depressants. Whilst this kind of medication can be vital for those who need it, it is concerning to learn so much use of the drug is taking place for children.

Whilst medical advice must always take precedence, we must not end up in a situation where there is an over-reliance on such medication that could have an adverse effect on children. We have seen such instances where an over-reliance on prescriptions has caused widespread problems, and this is a situation that must be avoided at all costs.

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Royal Derby Hospital Gynaecologist Malpractice Compensation

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You could be eligible to claim clinical negligence compensation arising from the Royal Derby Hospital gynaecologist malpractice investigation.

At the Injury Lawyers, we may be able to represent you on a No Win, No Fee basis. The more women that come forward who have been affected by this, the better – as there can be strength in numbers. A large group of women who may have been subject to the gynaecologist’s alleged malpractice making compensation claims together can allow for a group or multi-party action to form, which can be beneficial for all. In any cases where someone has suffered, that is where they may be eligible to claim.

It is believed that the number of women who could be affected by issues could be around the 272 mark, which has come from the ongoing investigation data so far. If you have not been contacted by the Trust but have gone through a procedure that may form as part of this, and something has gone wrong, you could be eligible to claim.

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Pelvic mesh inquiry shows patients have been failed

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Media coverage of the pelvic mesh inquiry results has led to a new wave of people contacting us for help and advice about No Win, No Fee compensation claims.

The brief of the findings is that there are patients who have been failed and badly let down, with their suffering and their pleas for help ignored. Victims of negligence should be entitled to compensation, and this is what we do as a way of getting some form of justice for victims of vaginal mesh issues.

Here’s our take on the inquiry and how we can help people today.

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Families come forward in wake of Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal

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More families have come forward to speak to the inquiry into the recently discovered Shrewsbury and Telford maternity scandal.

There are families who have been battling for justice for years that are now a part of hundreds of families speaking to the inquiry. Others who had no idea something wrong had even happened have had their eyes opened since news of the scandal hit the headlines and are also coming forward.

The leaked report from November will hopefully allow more victims and families to receive the justice and closure they need from the 40-year scandal. Special measures must be put in place to also ensure that there’s never a repeat of this scandal ever again.

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NHS cancer screening programmes under heavy criticism

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NHS cancer screening programmes in the UK have come in for some heavy criticism after MP reviews deem systems as “unfit for purpose”.

It’s understood that there are some 360 different IT systems being used by the NHS for bowel, breast and cervical cancer screening. Some of those systems are 30 years old, and programmes “consistently fail” to hit targets.

This is worrying news that comes a year on from the NHS breast cancer screening scandal of 2018 which saw hundreds of thousands of women miss out on lifesaving check-ups because an IT glitch meant their invitation for screening was never sent. We’re taking legal action over that particular scandal having been approached for help and representation.

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Criticism over new vaginal mesh guidelines

The new vaginal mesh guidelines introduced by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have already been hit with heavy criticism.

A lack of focus on the long-term impact to women who have suffered complications, as well as a lack of clarity on the use of non-surgical methods, have been questioned.

The guidelines appear to accept that there’s a lack of knowledge about the long-term impact, yet there are thousands of women who could tell their stories. As a law firm who are representing women whose mesh procedures have failed, we can tell you from experience just how bad it can be.

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