Spire Healthcare pleads guilty to failing to tell four patients about poor treatmentBMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1129 (Published 30 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1129
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
The private hospital group Spire Healthcare has pleaded guilty to breaching the duty of candour in failing to give four patients prompt explanations about their inadequate treatment by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.
The guilty plea came in the first case to be brought by the Care Quality Commission against a private healthcare provider for breaching the duty of candour. Spire was fined £5000 and ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge and £14 984.36 costs at Leeds magistrates court.
The procedures were performed by Mike Walsh, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who worked at Spire Leeds Hospital until his practising privileges were …