Dec 19 2013
An independent report on how hospital chiefs managed concerns over breast cancer surgery is to be published today.
Lawyer Sir Ian Kennedy will announce his key findings and recommendations after undertaking a review of the way management at Solihull Hospital in the West Midlands handled the health scare involving hundreds of women.
Sir Ian carried out the review after concerns were raised by staff, patients and the public in relation to incomplete mastectomies carried out by breast surgeon Ian Paterson.
The review was expected to look at how hospital bosses responded to the concerns that were raised and whether actions taken were appropriate and carried out in a timely manner.
Today Sir Ian, who chairs the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), will announce his findings to the board of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Solihull Hospital.
Mr Paterson was suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) last year.
Dozens of women operated on by Mr Paterson are suing the trust and private healthcare provider Spire Healthcare.
He worked at Solihull Hospital carrying out a procedure known as 'cleavage sparing mastectomies' (CSM) on women from 1998, which involved leaving behind some breast tissue to provide an improved cleavage for the patient.
In 2007, the trust stopped Mr Paterson from using the surgical technique.
The hospital's investigations at the time revealed the procedure - which was carried out only on some mastectomy patients - had breached health guidelines.
The NHS trust then wrote to all women on its records operated on by Mr Paterson last year, asking them to get in touch.
Many of the women believed they were having a full mastectomy, only to discover they had not.
The NHS trust said Mr Paterson had not carried out any surgery at Solihull since May 2011.
The surgeon had worked at five NHS and private hospitals between 1994 and 2011.
Following the suspension, the GMC referred the case to officers at West Midlands Police.
A spokeswoman for the force confirmed its investigations are continuing.