Ian Paterson who was a surgeon for the Heart of England NHS trust is under investigation for criminal negligence following what is being described as ‘botched’ cancer surgeries and for breast surgeries that did not need to take place in the first place. More than 700 women have been treated by Mr Paterson and they have all been referred to specialists to assess their situation as their health could be at risk. This makes the case one of the largest clinical negligence cases the NHS has ever seen.Mr Paterson is claimed to have operated on a number of women with breast cancer using the procedure of ‘pearing cleavage’, where some of the breast tissue is left behind for cosmetic reasons. This procedure is in breach of national guidelines because of the risk of the cancer returning. One woman has received compensation already as a result of his professional negligence as her cancer did return, and 500 other patience are being referred for further investigation with other specialists to see if they need additional surgery.Mr Paterson has been suspended the General Medical Council (GMC) and was banned from carrying out any breast surgeries in July. It was the GMC who has referred the matter to the West Midlands Police and they are now investigating the surgeon and a criminal inquiry has been launched.The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article.Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with professional negligence Solicitors in London and across the country.