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Spire Healthcare pleads guilty to failing to tell four patients about poor treatment

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 30 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1129
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 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 …

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