Two nurses to be investigated following rogue breast surgeon inquiry

Ian Paterson is currently serving a 20-year jail term for 17 counts of wounding with intent.

Clare Bodell
7 February 2020
nursing and midwifery council

The NMC say they are “considering whether there’s any regulatory action we need to take”.

Two nurses have been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after an inquiry into rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson.

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The Paterson Inquiry, which was published on Tuesday, heard accounts from 181 former patients and concluded that the healthcare system “proved itself dysfunctional at almost every level when it came to keeping patients safe”.

According to the inquiry, Mr Paterson “performed inappropriate or unnecessary procedures and operations” in both NHS and private hospitals.

Mr Paterson is currently serving a 20-year jail term for 17 counts of wounding with intent.

Following the inquiry, two people were referred to the NMC, three to the General Medical Council and one to West Midlands Police.

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The NMC states they are “considering whether there’s any regulatory action we need to take”.

A culture of openness and learning.

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said: “Dr Paterson’s actions had a devastating impact on a large number of patients.

“As the independent regulator for nursing and midwifery professionals, we will always listen and assess fully when concerns about the practice of those on our register are raised with us.

“We remain in contact with the Inquiry Team regarding two referrals and are considering whether there’s any regulatory action we need to take.

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“When things go wrong in health and care services, there needs to be a culture of openness and learning to bring about real change that everyone can trust and have confidence in.

“We are committed to working with our fellow regulators and employers to improve our approach for the benefit of everyone using services and working in health and social care.

“We will consider the report and its recommendations very carefully to understand what more we need to do so that better, safer care can thrive.”

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