TEN more inquests in relation to former patients of a rogue breast surgeon will be carried out next month.

In 2017, Ian Paterson, who worked for private healthcare provider Spire Healthcare, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after being convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against ten patients.

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On Friday, October 6, at 11am, the inquests shall be opened for the following women:

  • Veronica James
  • Elaine Morris
  • Sheila Rideal
  • Tracey Taylor
  • Pauline Tomkinson
  • Pauline Wale
  • Winifred Worrall
  • Karen Warren
  • Christine Baker
  • Doreen Marvin

Preliminary investigations, under section 1(7) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, have been carried out to identify whether there is reason to suspect that any former patients of Mr Paterson died an unnatural death as a result of his care and treatment.

Following preliminary investigations, HH Richard Foster, who is appointed as HM Coroner to conduct these investigations, believes there is evidence to have reason to suspect that some of those deaths may be unnatural.

Preliminary investigations are ongoing into the deaths of other patients of Mr Paterson, and it is anticipated that further inquests will be opened in due course. 

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In July, inquests were opened and adjourned into the deaths of 11 former patients.

Judge Richard Foster said he “had reason to believe” that sub-standard care by the jailed surgeon had caused or contributed to the deaths of each of the women, who died between 1998 and 2015.

The new cases are in addition to 27 inquests that had already been opened since July 2020, with more to follow on October 6.

Any next of kin of former patients of Mr Paterson should come forward and make contact with the Solicitors to the Inquests via the dedicated website www.coronerspatersoninvestigation.org.

Once opened, the inquests will be adjourned and it is anticipated that a pre-inquest review hearing will be listed for late 2023 or early 2024.  

The final hearings are expected to begin in late 2024.

Should you wish to attend the hearings of the openings you can visit http://coronerspatersoninvestigation.org/ for more information, email enquiries@coronerspatersoninvestigation.org or call 01384 327113.