Call for a public enquiry into rogue Breast cancer surgeon Ian Paterson.
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Dear Mr. Hunt,
Ian Paterson rogue Breast surgeon was sentenced to 15 years in prison on 31st May 2017 for carrying out unnecessary operations, including mastectomies, on hundreds of patients.
Dozens of victims turned up at Nottingham Crown Court for the sentencing - where the judge told Paterson his arrogance left him feeling untouchable and added to his "complete lack of remorse".
Judge Jeremy Baker said: "You deliberately played upon their worst fears, either by inventing or deliberately exaggerating the risk that they would develop cancer, and thereby gained their trust and confidence to consent to the surgical procedures which you carried out upon them."
We welcome the decision to have an inquiry into the breast surgeon however, we strongly believe that this should be a public inquiry so that this can be as open and transparent as possible. Ian Paterson continued to operate unchecked even though fellow health professionals highlighted concerns to senior management within the NHS as early as 2003.The lack of systems and controls in place that allowed him to continue operating until his eventual suspension in 2010 needs to be investigated and addressed so that this can never happen again.
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