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Around 200 women launch claim for damages from trust that neglected warnings

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2569
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Around 200 former patients who claim they underwent botched or unnecessary urological surgery by the consultant urogynaecologist George Rowland have launched a claim that could reach a total of £20m (€23.3m; $29.5m) against Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

    The trust faces one of the largest group actions brought against an NHS organisation after reports found that management failings allowed Mr Rowland to perform inappropriate surgery on women with incontinence problems.

    He operated on some 1500 women at the Aintree Centre for Women’s Health, part of the trust, from 2000 to 2007.

    From 2002 he had raised concerns, telling managers that he felt isolated and overwhelmed by his workload, but his worries …

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