This article was published on November 14th, 2012
A number of women who claim they received poor quality or unnecessary breast cancer operations have confirmed that they will take legal action against four hospitals in the West Midlands.
The group, which contains 90 women, will make compensation claims against the Heart of England NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare, their solicitors confirmed.
The surgeon responsible for the operations has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC) following the allegations.
He has been accused of performing ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomies at Solihull Hospital, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and two further private hospitals both owned by Spire Healthcare.
An investigation in to his work found that the procedure, which left a small amount of tissue for cosmetic reasons, breached national guidelines as it left a risk of the cancer returning.
The surgeon is also being investigated by the GMC over allegations that he removed lumps of tissue from patients breasts unnecessarily.
The solicitors representing the women say they have already confirmed one compensation payout from the NHS Trust.
“These women deserved the best medical care but have been let down by the surgeon,” a spokesperson said.
“What we’re trying to do is secure some compensation for them to move forward with their lives.”
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