Now and then we like to point out that not all misbehaving MDs are within the confines of the USA. There are tons of them elsewhere – especially in so-called “civilized” societies – where they indeed appear to thrive. Here’s a recent case of a medical miscreant in England:
British Physician Inflicted Women with Unnecessary Breast Surgeries
So it comes to pass that a breast surgeon in the UK has been found guilty of deliberately maiming hundreds of female patients by performing “completely unnecessary” surgical procedures. You might want to go back and read that sentence again.
Still wonder why this author morphed into The Paramedic Heretic?
Doctor Ian Paterson was convicted last week on 17 counts of “wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm,” in a Nottingham Crown Court jury trial, before Judge Jeremy Baker.
“Paterson was a controlling bully, who played God with people’s lives so he could live a luxurious lifestyle.”
According to court testimony, Paterson, age 59, was proven to have performed far more invasive operations than were called for, simply to make money. He routinely convinced women who had non-serious tissue conditions that they were a cancer risk, and
performed operations on them, up to and including mastectomies. Many of Paterson’s patients were left disfigured, and many continue to have mental health issues.
Britain’s General Medical Council suspended Paterson’s medical license when they realized they would have to investigate the mastectomies of more than 700 patients, over a stunning 15-year crime spree that started in 1997, performed at Parkway and Little Aston hospitals.
England’s National Health System has already paid out more than $30,000,000 to more than 250 women as a direct result of the physical damages this appalling physician inflicted upon them. At least 2 dozen more cases are pending.
Paterson, originally from Scotland, is expected to be sentenced in May.
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