Earlier this year it was reported that Ian Paterson, the previously reputable breast surgeon who worked for Spire Healthcare, had been found guilty of several counts of wounding with intent as well as further wounding charges.
Through the course of the trial it became clear to jurors that Paterson had exaggerated or created cancer risks for his patients to encourage them to pay for more expensive procedures. Many of these procedures, which involved unnecessary mastectomies, were carried out by Paterson for the NHS but he also carried out many for Spire Healthcare, which runs private hospitals.
Upon the conviction Paterson was given a sentence of 20 years imprisonment. However, news has now emerged of the compensation that will be offered to the victims.
Figures from NHS Resolution on 31st July showed the following:
- The NHS had received 277 claims related to Paterson’s crimes.
- £17,411,639 had been paid out as compensation.
While the NHS has to date paid out more than £17m in compensation to victims Spire Healthcare and its co-defendants had until recently yet to establish the amount they would be offering.
According to a statement released by Spire Healthcare a fund will be set up to provide adequate monetary compensation for existing claimants and those yet to come forward as long as they do so before October, 2018.
Spire Healthcare will contribute £27.5m to this fund while its co-defendants in the case – including its insurers – will contribute a further £10m.
Simon Gordon, interim chief executive from Spire Healthcare, said: “Ian Paterson must bear responsibility for his actions
“However, whilst nothing diminishes Mr Paterson’s responsibility for his actions, these events took place in our hospitals, and this should not have happened.
“It is right that we have made a material contribution to the settlement announced today.”