NHS Trust to Pay Compensation for Consultant Urologist Negligence

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Editor

An NHS Trust is offering to pay compensation for consultant urologist negligence to twenty-seven patients who may have suffered avoidable side effects or the unnecessary progression of their disease due to the treatments they were given.

The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has made the offer of compensation for consultant urologist negligence after an investigation into the treatments provided by Paul Miller – a consultant who was employed by the NHS Trust at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and at the Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley between 2006 and 2013.

Following concerns into his practices being raised by fellow consultants and specialist nurses, Millar was suspended by hospital authorities and an investigation conducted into his treatment of patients suffering from bladder cancer and prostate cancer. The investigation concluded that Miller had not “followed the advice of multi-disciplinary teams in carrying out established and recognised cancer treatments” and his contract was terminated.

The Royal College of Surgeons subsequently conducted a review into the 1,200 patients Millar had treated during the previous seven years. The review identified twenty-seven patients may have suffered avoidable side effects or the unnecessary progression of their disease due to not being informed of the complete range of options available to them or told of the consequences from the treatments that were prescribed.

Those twenty-seven people are being offered compensation for consultant urologist negligence in a letter being sent out by the NHS Trust, which the Trust´s Medical Director – Des Holden – acknowledged will be deeply distressing to the patients and their families. Mr Holder said that the care provided by Mr Millar was below the hospital´s standards and he apologised to those affected by the consultant urologist´s negligence.

Michael Wilson – Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust – commented “Without a shadow of a doubt we apologise unreservedly for the care these patients experienced”. He added that the NHS Trust´s main aim is to allay patients´ fears and anxieties and he announced that a helpline had been set up for concerned patients and their families. The helpline number is 0808 168 7754, and lines are open from Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 7:00pm.

Patients with questions about how much compensation for consultant urologist negligence they might be entitled to receive should call our confidential claims advice service and speak with a medical negligence solicitor.


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