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, four inquests were opened at 9am on 6 July 2020 and on 22 July 2020 at 9 am, a further three inquests were opened.

The inquests were adjourned to a date to be confirmed once the preliminary investigations are concluded.   Further investigations into more of the former patients of Ian Paterson are ongoing.

A number of further Inquests of former patients of Mr Paterson are soon to be opened (date and time yet to be fixed).  Details of date, time and names will be updated on this website.

In accordance with Section 85A of the Courts Act 2003 and the Remote Observation and recordings (Courts and Tribunals) Regulations 2022 members of the press and the public may apply to attend a hearing remotely. All our inquest hearings are published on line.

Any member of the public or press wishing to attend a hearing remotely needs to contact us on coroner@birmingham.gov.uk no later than midday on the day before the hearing, giving reasons why they should be granted remote access.

The purpose of this website is to provide information in relation to this investigation.