Ian Paterson, an experienced surgeon was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment after he was convicted of carrying out unnecessary surgeries on his patients.

After sentence was passed, the case was referred to the Attorney General on the grounds that the sentence imposed was too lenient. The Attorney General did in fact refer the case to the Court of Appeal and on 3rd August, the sentence was increased to 20 years. The Court held “There had been a breach of trust and an abuse of power and took into account the vulnerability of the patients – some of whom were under his care for a decade or more“.

Such was the abuse of power and trust that victims have been left feeling vulnerable as well as mentally and physically scarred. Some of his patients have lost the ability to place their trust especially those in the medical profession and to reflect this the sentence was quite rightly increased.

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