His patients called him a “savior,” but breast surgeon Ian Paterson was the devil in disguise.
Based in Birmingham and Solihull, the surgeon has performed botched or unnecessary surgeries on more than 1,000 patients for over 14 years.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017 after being found guilty of 17 counts of intentional assault and three counts of unlawful assault for the needless slaughter of nine women and one man.
Now a coroner is investigating whether Paterson, 64, who was chief chest doctor for NHS Solihull Hospital and worked privately for Spire, may have caused hundreds of deaths.
Paterson invented a “cleft-preserving” mastectomy technique that he performed on women. It left the breast tissue in place, allowing the cancer to return.
Others had surgery they didn’t need, and some found years later they didn’t have cancer.
One of his victims, Deborah Douglas, 63, told The Sun: “When I knew he had harmed me, there was no way he was getting away with it.
“This is the biggest medical scandal and nobody outside of a small area of Birmingham knows about it.”
The mother of three from Hall Green, Birmingham, had a 2cm lump removed but endured unnecessary later treatments.
Paterson underwent Debbie a partial mastectomy that saved 50 percent of her breast tissue, seven months of aggressive chemotherapy, and a gallbladder removal.
Activist Debbie and Paterson’s other victims and colleagues spoke to ITV’s Bodies Of Evidence: The Butcher Surgeon.
They paint the picture of a conceited, sexist doctor who, based on his recommendations, operated quickly to fund his celebrity lifestyle.
The doctor lived in a £1.5million house in posh Edgbaston, Birmingham, drove expensive cars and ate at Michelin-starred restaurants.
Debbie said Paterson’s patients were in a “loop of anxiety” as he got them to return for check-ups.
He performed his “cleft-preserving” mastectomy on her.
She said: “His misogynistic comments were, ‘Oh, you’re going to have a nice cleavage, you know, for your husband or your boyfriend,’ and those kinds of condescending comments.
“What women really wanted was to survive, they want their lives and they want their breasts gone when they have cancer.”
Now Debbie claims the technique will have resulted in deaths and says grieving relatives have been in touch with her campaign group, Breast Friends.
She said: “Everyone understands the basics of cancer, if you don’t remove all of the cancer it can come back.”
She added: “Hundreds of people have now logged the deaths of their loved ones who have been treated with the coroner, hundreds.”
Paterson – who had risked patients’ lives with sloppy surgeries in the past – was reported to senior NHS managers in 2007 but continued to operate until 2011.
Fellow whistleblower Hemant Ingle – who sounded the alarm at hospital bosses – told the TV show: “On a Friday afternoon he would have between 20 and 22 patients in a private clinic, which is unheard of.
“Even in the NHS we don’t get that many cancers that we operate in a clinic in a week.
“And I wondered if all of those cases were actually cancer.”
Breast surgeon Prof Gordon Wishart said he was surprised when he first met Glasgow-born Paterson.
He said: “I had never heard of that before
this other Scottish breast surgeon who worked in Birmingham.
“He seemed to have some kind of control over the other breast surgeons at the table. They were really scared to speak or to answer my questions. When challenged, he became quite brusque, defensive, and rude.” He added, “Based on the sheer numbers alone, any experienced breast surgeon would say that’s just not possible.”
In 2020, the Solihull and Birmingham coroner launched an inquiry – which is still ongoing – into whether “unnatural deaths” occurred in Paterson’s care.
Debbie works to ensure private hospitals are held accountable for their consultants’ mistakes.
Without this change, she warns that twisted doctors are capable of exploiting vulnerable patients.
The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which now runs Solihull Hospital, condemned Paterson’s actions and the “actions, inaction, culture and bad governance surrounding decisions made by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, with which we merged in 2018, during that time “. .
It added, “Too many patients have been treated horribly by Paterson and we continue to do what we can to support them.”
Spire Healthcare apologized “for the significant heartache and harm” suffered by Paterson’s patients.
It emphasized: “Our culture, management and standards have been overhauled, with safety and quality at the core of everything we do.
“Systems are in place to recruit, oversee and screen consultants and identify those whose practices may be of concern and we are able to take swift action.”
- Bodies Of Evidence: The Butcher Surgeon airs tomorrow at 10.20pm on ITV.
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