New victims of rogue surgeon prompt private hospital to create £22m fund


More patients may have been harmed by rogue surgeon Ian Paterson and tricked into undergoing unnecessary operations, prompting the private hospital where he worked to set aside millions of pounds for new compensation claims, The Independent can reveal.

Spire Healthcare has confirmed it has set aside more than £20m this year after recalling thousands of Paterson’s former patients.

It would take the total bill for the company to almost £50m in compensation and support for patients harmed by the jailed surgeon. The NHS and insurers have also paid out £10m.

The Independent has learnt some of the 5,500 private patients recalled by Spire Healthcare following an independent inquiry last year are in talks with the company and lawyers over launching new compensation claims.

The company confirmed it was setting aside £22.2m to pay for the recall and to provide ongoing support including counselling and where necessary clinical treatment for some patients.


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