Ian Paterson inquiry: culture of denial allowed rogue breast surgery

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Report says hospitals displayed wilful blindess to damaging operations on hundreds of patients

A rogue breast surgeon was able to perform unnecessary and damaging surgery on hundreds of patients because of multiple blunders by NHS and private hospitals and “a culture of avoidance and denial”, an official inquiry has declared.

Opportunities to stop Ian Paterson carrying out medically unjustified operations were missed because staff and bosses of hospitals he worked in displayed a “wilful blindness” to his behaviour, despite many being concerned by it and some making complaints.

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