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Legal action against rogue surgeon is suspended after MDU withdraws funding

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 04 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7437
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The Medical Defence Union has withdrawn funding for the rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson to fight negligence claims by hundreds of patients, causing legal action to be temporarily halted while a solution is sought.

The loss of funding has prompted the official solicitor for England and Wales, who was acting for Paterson as his litigation friend after the surgeon was judged to lack the mental capacity to take part,1 to pull out of the case.

Paterson, who was a consultant surgeon at Solihull Hospital, run by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, from 1998 to 2011, is being sued by hundreds of women. He carried out hundreds of unauthorised “cleavage sparing” mastectomies that left breast tissue behind and …

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