Ian Paterson, a consultant breast surgeon, who was employed by the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and practised in the independent sector at Spire Parkway and Spire Little Aston, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and 3 counts of unlawful wounding. He was sentenced in 2017 to a 20 year custodial sentence.
In January 2020, H M Senior Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, and Area Coroner Emma Brown commenced preliminary investigations to identify whether there is any evidence that gives reason to suspect that any of the former patients of Mr Paterson died an unnatural death as a result of Ian Paterson’s actions.
Following preliminary investigations, the Senior and Area Coroner believe there is evidence to have reason to suspect that some of those deaths may be unnatural.
In accordance with the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, inquests were opened at 9am on 6 July 2020. Inquests were opened in respect of Deborah Hynes, Yvonne Cordon, Shionagh Gough and Marie Pinfield. The inquests were adjourned to a date to be confirmed once the preliminary investigations are concluded.
On 22 July 2020 at 9am, a further three inquests were opened in respect of Lindsey Phipps, Christine Gould and Judith Bruce.
Further investigations into more of the former patients of Ian Paterson have now been commenced. The Coroners are anxious that these should proceed as quickly as possible. However, this is a huge investigation involving hundreds of patients, many interested persons, a number of medical experts and thousands of documents. The investigation is being managed alongside the normal work of the Senior Coroner and Area Coroner who have also been occupied with the consequence to the service of the COVID19 Pandemic. The pandemic has also affected the availability of the medical experts. We thank those interested in the investigations, and particularly families, for their continued patience and understanding. Details of any further inquests will be provided in due course pending the outcome of the current investigations.
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