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Breast surgeon convicted of wounding patients


A breast surgeon who carried out wholly unnecessary procedures, often including radical surgery, on nine women and a man has today been convicted of malicious wounding following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Ian Paterson, 59, carried out the surgery while working in private practice in the West Midlands between 1997 and 2011. In most cases he told the victims they were at risk of developing breast cancer when in fact the procedures were not necessary.

Some victims underwent multiple surgical procedures for which there was no clinical basis.

The trial heard evidence from the nine women and one man who described the physical and psychological effects the procedures had on them, which included the removal of breast tissue and double mastectomies.

One victim, who became pregnant several years after undergoing a procedure, was misled by Paterson that she would be unable to breast feed her child, causing her significant distress.

Pamela Jain, from the CPS, said:

"Ian Paterson carried out procedures which no reasonable surgeon would have considered justified and he knew the operations were unnecessary.

"The prosecution evidence showed how Paterson breached the trust of his victims by convincing them to undergo surgical procedures.

"I would like to pay tribute to the victims in this case who bravely came forward to give their evidence which was of a very personal nature."

Paterson will be sentenced in due course.


Notes to Editors

  1. Pamela Jain is a Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS Specialist Fraud Division.

  2. Ian Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of unlawful wounding.

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