Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Bosses seek recall of breast cancer patients

HEALTH chiefs have made another call for women seen by a Solihull breast cancer doctor to come forward after concerns about his methods.

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They have set up a phone line in a bid to encourage patients of Ian Paterson at Solihull Hospital to get in touch.

A 2007 review found his technique – which left excess breast tissue for ‘cosmetic’ reasons – was “not an approach considered appropriate”.

About 60 women were then closely monitored with one redeveloping cancer, The Birmingham Post reported.

A statement from Heart of England NHS Trust said: “The trust is currently continuing to invite all of Mr Paterson’s patients who underwent a mastectomy to see an alternative surgeon for a review of their treatment and care. This includes patients who have been discharged.

“We have recently issued further letters to patients as part of our continued process of review.

“We are keen to make sure that every patient who may be affected by this is given an opportunity to be personally reviewed.

“We have set up an advice line 0121 424 5473 which will be available between the hours of 9am and 12midday, Monday to Friday with the opportunity to leave a message at other times.

“If anyone is at all concerned we would encourage them to get in touch.”

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