£37m compensation fund for patients treated by disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson

Patricia Welch, Judith Conduit and Frances Perks

Patricia Welch, Judith Conduit and Frances Perks

Spire Healthcare said it made a decision to settle claims against the company relating to actions by Ian Paterson, a former breast surgeon now facing jail-time for carrying out operations on patients he wrongly diagnosed.

Around £10 million will be provided by co-defendants in the case including Paterson's insurers. Spire Healthcare's contribution will be 27.2 million pounds ($36.10 million).

Paterson was found guilty in April at Nottingham Crown Court of 17 counts of wounding with intent, and three further wounding charges.

In August, he had his 15-year jail term increased to 20 years after the Appeal Court ruled his term was too lenient.

The fund is meant to halt legal proceedings by patients against the group and account for any new claims.

"However, whilst nothing diminishes Mr Paterson's responsibility for his actions, these events took place in our hospitals, and this should not have happened".

He also carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients.

"We have apologised unreservedly to Mr Paterson's patients for their suffering and distress and we would like to repeat that apology".

The NHS has been forced to pay out nearly £10m in compensation to more than 250 of Paterson's patients who were subjected to unnecessary breast operations.

Paterson's trial heard from nine women and one man who were treated in the private sector at Little Aston and Parkway Hospitals in the West Midlands between 1997 and 2011.

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