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Ian Paterson sentencing

Charlie Massey , Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council, said:

‘The crimes which Ian Paterson has been convicted of were deeply shocking acts that betrayed patients’ trust. It is absolutely right that questions are asked about how this happened and more crucially how the health system can prevent it from happening again.

‘As soon as we were made aware of these issues we took action to curb his practice and then suspend him, but his practice went unchecked for so long because some of those in the health system – managers but also his colleagues – had their concerns but failed to report them to us.

‘The world is a fundamentally different place now, with regular checks on a doctor’s fitness to hold a licence and a UK-wide network of senior medical staff responsible for ensuring that every aspect of their doctors’ competence and behaviour is up to standard.

‘We will now continue with the fitness to practise process which was paused while the criminal proceedings were carried out, and seek to hold a tribunal based on Ian Paterson’s conviction as swiftly as possible.’