Controversy hits Spire hospital again after another surgeon is suspended over bad practice 

A doctor who worked at the same private healthcare firm as rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been suspended, it has emerged.

Spire Healthcare said Mike Walsh - a specialist in trauma and orthopaedic surgery - was suspended in April 2018 over concerns about patient treatment.

Almost 50 of his patients from its Leeds hospital had been recalled.

Walsh is facing dozens of lawsuits from patients who claim that he performed surgery on them between 2012 and 2018 without any medical justification.

One patient, Adrian Joynson, told ITV News recently that he could not pick up his daughter for four years after Mr Walsh carried out a poor shoulder operation on him.

Mr Joynson, who is a former endurance athlete, was told by Spire that the two shoulder operations carried out on him by Mr Walsh were "unnecessary".

The private hospital, which has been at the centre of controversy since the investigation and conviction of Paterson, who was jailed for 20 years has also had to recall hundreds of patients after concerns about the practices of another senior doctor, Habib Rahman, following an investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons. The details of Walsh emerged following an independent inquiry into Paterson.

Paterson was found guilty in 2017 of intentionally wounding his patients.

Earlier this month, an inquiry into the breast surgeon found that a culture of "avoidance and denial" had allowed him to perform botched and unnecessary operations on hundreds of women.

Paterson was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent at Nottingham crown court, relating to nine women and one man, but it is believed his victims were in the hundreds. In many cases patients were left disfigured and traumatised after they were wrongly told they had cancer.

Mr Walsh, who is a specialist in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, is no longer working with Spire Healthcare, the company said.

In a statement, Spire said it had contacted the Royal College of Surgeons to assist with its investigation into Mr Walsh's case.

The firm said it had reviewed the notes of fewer than 200 patients, of which "fewer than 50" had been invited back for a follow-up appointment.

A spokesperson for Spire said: "Where we have identified concerns about the care a patient received, we have invited the patient to an appointment with an independent surgeon to review their treatment."

"After concerns were raised about Mr Walsh, an investigation was started in April 2018, and he was suspended immediately."

"This is a complex case and the review is ongoing.

"Spire reiterates its sincere apologies to those patients who have been affected by the treatment they received from Mr Walsh," they added.

The company said its findings have also been shared with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Medical Council (GMC).

The GMC confirmed that while Mr Walsh is still on the medical register he does not currently have a licence to practise, having held full registration until January 2019.

Spire has 39 hospitals across the UK and one specialist cancer centre.

In 2019,The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that “key senior leaders in the Leeds service did not have the right skills, abilities, or integrity to run a service providing high-quality sustainable care” at the privately-run hospital.

They also uncovered that the hospital received five whistleblowing inquiries in the space of just 12 months. #Spire #Leeds #IanPaterson #MikeWalsh

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