Former patients of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson may have died of “unnatural deaths” two senior coroners have said.
Senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, and area coroner Emma Brown have said they believe there is evidence to suspect victims of Ian Paterson, who was jailed for 17 counts of wounding with intent in 2017, died unnaturally as a result of his actions.
They now plan to open four inquests into the deaths of patients who died from breast cancer after being treated by Paterson.
“Following preliminary investigations, the senior and area Coroner believe there is evidence to have reason to suspect that some of those deaths may be unnatural. In accordance with the Coroners and Justice Act 2009, inquests will now be opened in relation to four former patients of Mr Paterson.”
Deborah Douglas, a victim of Paterson who leads a support group in Solihull, told The Independent: "I have spoken to so many women over the years who have since died. This is what I have always known and fought for.
"Paterson lied about pathology reports and people did develop secondary cancers."
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Source: The Independent, 4 July 2020