Victims of rogue NI-educated surgeon to get £37m pay out

File photo dated 21/2/2017 of Ian Paterson, a surgeon jailed jailed for 15 years after carrying out needless breast operations, who faces a bid to increase his sentence. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/2/2017 of Ian Paterson, a surgeon jailed jailed for 15 years after carrying out needless breast operations, who faces a bid to increase his sentence. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Patients treated by a rogue surgeon who was educated in Northern Ireland are to receive compensation to the tune of £37 million.

The News Letter reported last month how Ian Paterson – who lived in Bangor, Co Down for much of his youth and was educated at Bangor Grammar School – carried out a number of unnecessary breast operations leaving victims disfigured.

It is understood around 750 private patients treated by the breast surgeon in his NHS practice are to receive £37 million in compensation.

Private hospital firm Spire Healthcare, where he conducted much of his private practice, will contribute £27.2m to the fund.

Around £10 million will be provided by co-defendants in the case including Paterson’s insurers.

Paterson was jailed for 20 years after he was found guilty in April at Nottingham Crown Court of 17 counts of wounding with intent. He was also convicted of three further wounding charges.