January 2014 Archive

Sir Ian Kennedy reports on failure to suspend Ian Paterson

At the end of 2012 I wrote about the scandal of Ian Paterson’s ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomy (an operation which leaves some breast tissue for cosmetic reasons) which, despite concerns being raised about the technique ten years ago, he continued to perform until 2011. A recent report published by Sir Ian Kennedy reveals the reasons why so many women continued to be harmed for so long. His main criticism was reserved for the ‘weak, indecisive leadership’ at Heart of England NHS Trust which employed him.
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