Dec 19 2013
Women with breast cancer were seriously harmed and were victims of "weak and indecisive leadership from senior managers" at a hospital trust, a damning report has concluded.
A review into what happened at Solihull Hospital - part of the Heart of England NHS Trust - found a "tragic story" that is also a story of "secrecy and containment".
Lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy, who led the review, said breast surgeon Ian Paterson, who has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC), was allowed to carry on operating on women for several years despite a series of concerns raised about him by other medical staff.
Up to 400 women are thought to be suing the trust and a private firm for failing to take action over the claims.
Today's review found that some of the women were exposed to a risk of cancer coming back after Mr Paterson performed only partial mastectomies.