Second Spire surgeon investigated over concerns about operations

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Spire Healthcare has recalled 217 patients following an investigation into concerns over shoulder operations carried out by Habib Rahmanat at its Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands.

Rahman has been accused of carrying out ‘unnecessary’ operations on a number of NHS patients at the hospital.

Spire restricted Rahman from practising in September 2018, and fully suspended him in January 2019 after carrying out an investigation into certain treatments he performed.

Rahman currently practises in the NHS at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust (UHB) where he is employed.

In a statement, Spire said it asked the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) to review Rahman’s practice and liaised closely with UHB, the Care Quality Commission and General Medical Council to inform them of the review findings and Spire’s plans to inform relevant patients.

‘Following the RCS’s guidance, we wrote to all patients identified as requiring follow-up, offering a consultation with an independent surgeon to review both their care and post-operative recovery. That process is still on-going,’ the statement said.

Medical negligence law firm Thompsons Solicitors said it is acting on behalf of a client involved in the fresh controversy.

Linda Millband, national practice lead for clinical negligence at Thompsons Solicitors, who led the civil claims against Spire in the wake of the Paterson scandal, said: ‘A second patient recall and another rogue surgeon operating unnecessarily at Mr Paterson’s old private hospital suggests systemic failings.’

The allegations come just days before the independent inquiry into disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson is due to publish its report.

Paterson was found guilty of wounding with intent after carrying out unnecessary breast surgery on hundreds of patients in the NHS and at Spire hospitals across the Midlands.

As a result of the scandal, Spire established a £37m fund in September 2017 to compensate patients who brought claims regarding Paterson.