UK-BASED BREAST surgeon Ian Paterson has been sentenced to 15 years in jail at Nottingham Crown Court this afternoon, after he was found guilty of performing unnecessary surgeries on his patients.
A seven-week trial into his crimes heard how Paterson lied to patients and exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer to convince them to go under the knife.
Ian Paterson, 59, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding against 10 patients last month.
"The physical, and particularly, psychological effect upon each of them, has been profound", the judge told Nottingham Crown Court.
The surgeon's motives were said to be "obscure", but may have included a desire to "earn extra money".
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He said: 'He used the respectability and cloak of professionalism that came with being a consultant breast cancer surgeon to commit grotesque violent acts against me and the other victims in this trial.
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The impact statement of Carole Johnson was read out to the court by Julian Christopher QC, prosecuting.
The procedures he carried out on them, however, were not necessary.
"For the patients that he's looked after, within the private sector and the NHS, there were multiple opportunities for him to be taken to account and it never happened which I just find unbelievable".
"Simply put, he is a disgrace to the medical profession".
Ms Johnson said she "feels violated and vulnerable" and has "lost a lot of trust in medical professionals".
Speaking after the sentencing, Patricia Welch, one of Paterson's victims, said she felt justice had been done but called for an inquiry so that patients had full protection when seeking private medical care.