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Ian Paterson victim calls for patient safety to be prioritised

A woman who underwent needless surgery at the hands of convicted surgeon Ian Paterson said patient safety was still not being prioritised.

Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent in 2017 and was jailed for 20 years.

Debbie Douglas, who now campaigns for his victims, said more still needed to be done following a damning report.

In December, the Department for Health said it was making "good progress" on changes.

The inquiry, published in 2020, made 15 recommendations and Ms Douglas called on health chiefs to "get on" with the improvements.

"It's three years and technically none of the recommendations are closed," she said.

"It's all around patient safety and it's not being given the priority it deserves."

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Source: BBC News, 9 February 2023


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