Month: October 2021
The MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) has recently been forced to respond to reportedly fraudulent activity at Steril Milano, a medical company that provides sterilisation services to many medical device manufacturers. Although it is an Italian-based company, it serves manufacturers who provide products in the UK, which is why the UK regulator saw fit to take action.
In 2021, Steril Milano was acquired by Ionisos and it then became the subject of suspicion over alleged fraudulent activity. When this was identified, the company’s certification was withdrawn, which means that products which were already sterilised by this point could, potentially, not have been processed correctly.
According to the MHRA, the safety risks are believed to be low, but the regulator is nevertheless obliged to review the issue and mitigate any potential problems as much as possible.
When a patient undergoes surgery, it is likely that they may develop a scar if any incisions are required in the procedure. In most cases, the scarring is a minor and normal result of the procedure, but there can be cases in which medical negligence has caused an unnecessary degree of scarring. In situations such as these, victims may be able to bring scarring injury claims.
As a result of medical advances, many surgical scars can be minimised and may even fade over time, meaning there is little evidence of the procedures that patients have undergone. However, this also means that excessive scarring can act as evidence of the errors made by a doctor.
In the worst cases, patients can endure physical pain and/or psychological suffering as a result of scarring injuries, potentially developing a negative body image. We know how difficult it can be for the victim, so we want to make sure all those affected by scarring injuries can recover the compensation they deserve.
Since Ian Paterson was first in the media over reports of mistreatment of patients, many have been contacted by the hospitals who employed him. Now, as part of an expanded patient recall by Spire Healthcare, as many as 5,500 patients have been told they may have been affected by potentially harmful practices. If they have, they could be eligible to engage in the latest Ian Paterson compensation claims process.
In 2017, it was reported that former breast surgeon Ian Paterson received a 20-year sentence following convictions that included 17 counts of wounding with intent, and three counts of unlawful wounding. In this criminal case, only some of the victims were accounted for, but it has since emerged that many more may have been affected by potential malpractice. Over the course of his practice, Paterson reportedly misdiagnosed breast cancer, performed breast surgery on patients who didn’t need it, and performed dangerous ‘cleavage-sparing’ mastectomies on breast cancer patients.
The new expansion of compensation claims is a vital step in allowing as many victims as possible to access the justice they deserve. As specialists in medical negligence, we offered our advice to victims of Ian Paterson when his mistreatment was first exposed. If you were affected, we may now be able to help you to ensure that any suffering is compensated for.