GMC responds to Paterson Inquiry findings

The independent inquiry set up following the conviction of Ian Paterson in 2017 has published its findings. 

Responding to the recommendations, Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said:

‘Our thoughts are with the patients who came to harm and whose trust was betrayed by the actions of Ian Paterson. It is clear that patients were let down, and we are sorry for that.

‘We welcome the Inquiry’s recommendations to protect patients and strengthen local oversight of doctors. We will reflect on these and look at how we act on them as we continue our work to progress genuine cultural and regulatory change.

‘A system-wide approach is needed to build on the safeguards now in place since Ian Paterson’s actions first came to light. We must continue to challenge problematic workplace cultures, encourage transparency, and work collaboratively to protect patients.’