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Cancer surgeon who faces litigation and misconduct allegations is found to lack mental capacity

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 10 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1463
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Ian Paterson, the breast surgeon facing a police investigation, misconduct allegations by the General Medical Council, and hundreds of clinical negligence claims,1 2 now lacks the mental capacity to instruct his lawyers, the High Court has been told.

Paterson, who carried out hundreds of unauthorised “cleavage sparing” mastectomies, has been assessed by a psychiatrist as mentally unable to take part in litigation. The …

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