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Spire Healthcare patients recalled over shoulder op concerns

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Spire Healthcare, a private healthcare company, has confirmed it will recall patients amid concerns about a surgeon's operations.

It comes after Walsall Healthcare Trust announced it was recalling 600 NHS patients who underwent shoulder surgery performed by Mr Shah.

Spire said it was committed to promptly responding to concerns and undertaking good governance.

Mr Shah is the third shoulder surgeon since 2019 operating from Spire premises to have had issues.

One private patient, Martin Byrne, said he was in immediate pain after an operation to repair his rotator cuff performed by Mr Shah at Spire, Little Aston, in Sutton Coldfield in August 2018.

He had a further two operations, one on the NHS by Mr Shah and another at Spire, but has since been told nothing more can be done surgically.

"This has broken me as a man," he said. "I can't do the things that I used to do with my children. I can't help out lifting at work.

"I have sat on the bed crying at night from the pain and I feel that Spire have offered me a lot of tea and sympathy, but they have just fobbed me off.

"In my opinion, he has ruined me."

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Source: BBC News, 11 October 2022

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