The NHS whistleblower is telling for the first time how he helped catch Ian Paterson, who misdiagnosed cancer and underwent unnecessary surgery in healthy patients
The NHS whistleblower whose evidence helped land a Metzger breast surgeon in jail has spoken for the first time.
Ian Paterson, 64, had misdiagnosed cancer in healthy patients and performed unnecessary surgeries, including unregulated cleavage-sparing mastectomies.
Convicted of intentional assault on 17 counts, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2017.
Now whistleblower Hemant Ingle, who has worked in the NHS and the private sector alongside Paterson, 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.
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“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.
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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 found Paterson was left liberty to slaughter thousands of patients by a “dysfunctional” healthcare system.
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.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/i-knew-butcher-breast-surgeon-27213341 "I knew the Metzger breast surgeon had gone rogue - so the NHS warned to stop him."