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Convicted breast surgeon Paterson has sentence increased to 20 years

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3757 (Published 04 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3757
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who mutilated patients with unnecessary operations, has had his 15 year prison sentence increased to 20 years by the Court of Appeal.

The solicitor general, Robert Buckland, referred the case to the court, arguing that the sentence was unduly lenient for offences that were “so serious and exceptional” and should be increased to 20 years or more.

Lady Justice Hallett, sitting in London with Mrs Justice Carr and Mr Justice Goss, said, “Both the harm and culpability here were exceptionally high.” She said a …

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