Judge to consider 'scope and extent' for Paterson investigation - The Solihull Observer

Judge to consider 'scope and extent' for Paterson investigation

Solihull Editorial 23rd May, 2023   0

A REVIEW to decide the scope of the inquest into the deaths of those treated by convicted breast surgeon Ian Paterson is set to be held.

A statement on behalf of the H M Coroner’s investigation into Ian Paterson said: “So that he can consider the scope and extent of the investigations HM Coroner (Judge Richard Foster) has decided to bring forward the first case management hearing.”

It added a Pre Inquest Review Hearing will take place at Birmingham Coroner’s Court, on June 9 and will give all those concerned the opportunity to make any representations and for HM Coroner to give directions.

Paterson is currently serving a 20-year jail sentence after being convicted in 2017 of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against ten patients.

The consultant breast surgeon, whose victims run into the hundreds, worked at hospitals run by the Heart of England NHS Trust (HEFT) and also practiced privately at Bupa hospitals in Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, latterly run by Spire Healthcare.

Last month, Judge Foster was appointed to undertake the inquests due to the scale and complexity of the task.

So far 27 inquests have been opened and adjourned.

It is anticipated the final hearings will take place over a nine-month period ending in the autumn 2024.

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