“Butcher surgeon wrongly told me I had cancer and cut myself open seven times”

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has had more than 11,000 patients during his career and now at least 70 new victims have come forward after the surgeon was jailed for 17 intentional injuries in 2017

Ian Paterson at the Old Bailey
Ian Paterson at the Old Bailey

A breast surgeon told a woman she had cancer and performed seven surgeries — all completely unnecessary.

Carole Johnson thought Ian Paterson was like a “god” to her and believed his surgeries helped stop her breast cancer.

However, she was shocked to discover that her seven surgeries weren’t necessary.

Paterson performed botched or unnecessary surgeries on as many as 1,000 patients over the age of 14, an independent investigation found two years ago, although the number could be higher.

The 64-year-old was misdiagnosed with cancer and Paterson performed unnecessary surgeries, including unregulated mastectomies that preserve the cleavage, between 1997 and 2011.

Paterson, who worked as a senior breast specialist for NHS Solihull Hospital and privately for Spire, was found guilty of 17 counts of willful injury in 2017 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Debra Douglas


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Ian Paterson has had more than 11,000 patients and at least 70 new victims have come forward.

Dozens have made claims after a new £22million fund was set up to compensate patients.

Now the victims are speaking out about their experiences with the disgraced butcher for a new ITV documentary.

It was revealed that some of his patients may have died as a result of his unnecessary work. The sun reports.

Nicky Craig, another of Paterson’s patients, said the Birmingham-based surgeon “scared” her, which meant she would agree to surgery.

A The coroner is now investigating whether Paterson could have caused hundreds of deaths.

Paterson invented a “gap-preserving” mastectomy technique that left the breast tissue in place. This then allowed the cancer to return in some of the patients.

LR: Tracy Smith and Debra Douglas


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Meanwhile, others were having surgeries they didn’t even need, and some of his victims found out years later they’d never had cancer.

Debbie Douglas, 50, underwent a partial mastectomy, leaving 50% of her breast tissue behind.

She also had seven months of grueling chemotherapy and had a gallbladder removed.

“I really want to know — how did he get away with it?” she said.

“How could he work for 20 years and harm people?”

John Ingram describes the moment Paterson told him he needed to have a double mastectomy

Whistleblower Hemant Ingle, who has worked with Paterson in the NHS and the private sector, has spoken out publicly.

He told ITV: “Each patient has been an eye opener. When I started reading the notes, it was a Pandora’s box.

“I was very surprised that these patients would have a very small one called a fibroadenoma, which is a benign lump in the breast.

“Without a biopsy, they would go straight to the operating room. He had coded them as cancer, but none of those cases had cancer.”

Mr Ingle raised concerns about Mr Paterson’s practices when he began working with him in the NHS in 2007.

After writing letters to NHS executives, they commissioned a report, but it was kept secret.

Mr. Ingle was transferred to another hospital and later wrote to the heads of a private hospital where he and Paterson worked.

One victim, John Ingram, who had a surgical phobia, underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy after being told he was “on the road to developing breast cancer”.

A later investigation revealed that Paterson was left liberty to slaughter thousands of patients by a “dysfunctional” healthcare system.

In 2017, Ian Paterson was sentenced to 20 years in prison for 17 counts of premeditated assault


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Ian Paterson appears in court



The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, which now runs Solihull Hospital, said: “The Trust condemns Paterson’s actions between 1993 and 2011 and the actions, inaction, culture and poor governance surrounding decisions made by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, who we merged with in 2018, during that time.

“Too many patients have been treated terribly by Paterson and we continue to do what we can to support them.”

Spire Healthcare said: “We apologize for the significant burden and harm suffered by patients treated by Ian Paterson at our hospitals.

“Spire has changed radically since 2011.

“Our culture, management and standards have been overhauled with safety and quality at the core of everything we do.

“Systems are in place to recruit, oversee and screen consultants and identify those whose practices may be of concern and we are able to take swift action.”

The NHS paid out £17.4million after it settled cases of more than 270 patients who complained about unnecessary or botched surgeries. Spire Healthcare, where Paterson worked, agreed to pay £27.2million to compensate a further 750 patients.

Bodies of Evidence: The Butcher Surgeon is available to watch now on the ITV Hub.

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