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Clinic where 'butcher surgeon' carried out needless procedures set to pay out £27million

Mirror logo Mirror 13/09/2017 Martin Fricker

© Mirror A private clinic has agreed to pay more than £27m to hundreds of patients of a rogue breast cancer surgeon who “butchered” his victims. 

Ian Paterson, 59, is serving a 20-year jail term for carrying out “needless” procedures including mastectomies on ten victims.

He duped his patients into believing they could be seriously ill before convincing them to go under the knife.

The disgraced surgeon was convicted in April of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three charges of unlawful wounding.

At the time of the offences Paterson had practices at two Spire Healthcare hospitals and also worked for the NHS .

The NHS has paid out £17.4million after settling cases of more than 270 patients who sued over botched or unnecessary surgery.

And yesterday Spire said it had agreed to pay £27.2m into a fund to provide compensation to a further 750 patients.

Another £10m will be paid by co-defendants including insurers in a civil case launched by 500 victims against the company.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: PA It means married Paterson’s private patients could receive an average pay-out of nearly £50,000.

Spire said the agreement is conditional on all parties giving it the go-ahead and the signing of a court order.

It will mean the civil case, which was due to be heard at the High Court next month, will no longer go ahead.

Paterson lied to patients, their partners, GPs and his own colleagues during the crimes between 1997 and 2011.

He exaggerated or invented risks of cancer to justify carrying out serious and “quite unnecessary” private operations.

The surgeon then altered medical records to back up his decision to opt for the more lucrative surgical treatment.

Most of his victims - nine women and a man - were suffering from harmless conditions and did not need to go under the knife.

Paterson was motivated by boosting his professional reputation and making extra cash from his private patients.

Prosecutors said he also “enjoyed the responsibility that came with helping people who believed their lives were in his hands.”

When he was jailed, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said his crimes represented the “antithesis of the Hippocratic Oath”.

The dad-of-three sold his mansion in leafy Edgbaston, Birmingham, for £1.25m after his arrest.

He lived in a converted barn in Lower Peover, near Knutsford, Cheshire, with his wife until he was jailed.

Paterson also owned numerous properties in Cardiff and Manchester and a palatial holiday home in America.

Credits: Birmingham Mail © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Birmingham Mail During one consultation with a female victim and her husband he joked: “I have to pay for my holidays somehow.”

Paterson qualified as an NHS surgeon in 1981 and began seeing private patients 12 years later.

The police investigation began in 2012 following concerns from a patient over the treatment she had been given at a private hospital.

By this time he was already suspended by the General Medical Council for performing banned ‘cleavage-sparing mastectomies’.

But a “dangerous” regulatory loophole meant he was still able to carry out procedures in the private sector.

Paterson was originally locked up for 15 years but the case was referred to the Court of Appeal for being unduly lenient.

Three senior judges added a further five years to his sentence following a hearing last month.

Spire chief executive Simon Gordon said that the crimes “should not have happened” in the private clinics.

He admitted “better clinical governance” might have spared his victims from going under the knife.

Mr Gordon added: “We have apologised unreservedly to the patients for their suffering and distress and would like to repeat that apology.”

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