Ian Paterson surgery case: Rogue breast cancer doctor's trial uncovers 100 new victims

when he is sentenced for his crimes against 10 private patients.

” by carrying out unnecessary life-changing operations on patients who were terrified they were dying from when in reality they were suffering from less serious ailments.

But aside from his criminal trial, 256 victims have already received compensation of more than £9million with legal sources predicting the final number of victims could run into thousands.

Prosecutors believe he was partly motivated by earning extra money to fund a luxurious lifestyle but that his “God complex” allowed him to revel in the misery he inflicted.

Paterson, who worked at two Spire Healthcare hospitals in the West Midlands and for the NHS in Birmingham, shredded medical notes and claimed patients had “wrongly remembered” what he said during his consultations.

Yesterday Thompsons Solicitors, the lead law firm representing patients treated by Paterson, revealed that over 100 new victims have already made contact seeking their help.

That means they are pursuing claims on behalf of 350 people while other law firms are also representing a large number of people.

Linda Millband, who is leading the civil claims, said: “Over the weeks we have received more and more calls from ex-private patients of Paterson.

“We are committed to using the full weight of our expertise to fight for each and every one of our clients and, crucially, we are determined that Spire Healthcare don’t squirm out of their responsibility for the harm caused at their hospitals on legal technicalities.

“It is a scandal that Spire were happy enough to take our clients’ money but when it comes to accepting responsibility for what one of the surgeons they promoted and endorsed did on their premises they are running a mile.”

Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients.

He will be sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court on May 31.

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