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Ian Paterson: Redditch MP Rachel Maclean among patients operated on

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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson carried out hundreds of botched and needless operations

An MP who was operated on by disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson says she has been left with “doubts about her health”.

Rachel Maclean, MP for Redditch, said she was now concerned about the procedure she underwent years ago.

On Tuesday, an independent inquiry into Paterson’s malpractice recommended the recall of his 11,000 patients for their treatment to be assessed.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged to introduce improvements within a year.

In a tweet, Conservative Ms Maclean said: “The extent of the malpractice he carried out is shocking, and the response from authorities was woefully lacking.”

It comes after the inquiry found a culture of “avoidance and denial” which allowed Paterson to perform botched and unnecessary operations on hundreds of women.

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Rachel Maclean has represented the constituency in Worcestershire since June 2017

The inquiry also revealed five health professionals have been referred to either the General Medical Council or Nursing and Midwifery Council and one case has been sent to police.

But police have since said the referral was in relation to Paterson himself.

“A report of a sexual assault against Ian Paterson was referred to the force by West Midlands Police in May 2018,” Staffordshire Police said.

“The complainant was visited by detectives in June 2018 and after speaking to her she did not wish to pursue a complaint. There were no further safeguarding issues as Ian Paterson was in prison.”

Paterson, of Altrincham in Greater Manchester, who grew up in County Down, Northern Ireland, is serving a 20-year jail term for 17 counts of wounding with intent.

He worked with cancer patients at NHS and private hospitals in the West Midlands over 14 years.

His unregulated “cleavage-sparing” mastectomies, in which breast tissue was left behind, meant the disease returned in many of his patients.

Others had surgery they did not need – some even finding out years later they did not have cancer.

Judy Conduit had 23 unnecessary operations and said she almost died due to complications during surgery.

“He [Paterson] told me I would have to have a bilateral mastectomy,” she said.

“Because I had so many surgeries already I agreed, reluctantly in a way, because I didn’t really want it done but I knew I couldn’t keep putting my body through all these general anaesthetics.

“Unfortunately I developed complications, I was told I had blood clot in the artery next to the heart.”

The inquiry made 15 recommendations, and Mr Hancock has vowed to introduce improvements.

“There’s a whole series of recommendations but the central one is about information-sharing because the authorities that inspect different parts of the health system, the information wasn’t being shared properly,” he told BBC Breakfast on Wednesday.

“That absolutely can be fixed, it will be fixed.”

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