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Consultant carried out 'unnecessary' surgery for financial gain, tribunal hears

A doctor who worked for the same private healthcare company as rogue surgeon Ian Paterson performed unnecessary shoulder operations for financial gain, a medical tribunal has heard.

Orthopaedic consultant Michael Walsh worked at a Spire Healthcare hospital in Leeds from 1993 until 2018, when he was suspended after concerns were raised about his work.

Spire, which runs 38 hospitals around the UK, reported him to the General Medical Council (GMC) after an investigation found he carried out operations unnecessarily or badly, with many patients left suffering pain or trauma.

Mr Walsh, who also worked at another private hospital in Leeds run by Nuffield Health but is now retired, is facing dozens of medical negligence claims from patients, with some already having received payouts.

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Source: Medscape, 8 November 2023


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