Government announces delay in its response to the Paterson inquiry

The Department of Health and Social Care announced on 28 April that there would be a delay in providing its formal, written response to the 15 recommendations made by the independent inquiry due to the COVID-19 crisis diverting resources from this work.

In Nadine Dorries’ ministerial statement, she says that she would like assure the public that the Government’s focus will resume “as soon as these unprecedented circumstance are behind us” – and that the Government remains “committed to implementing considered and effective improvement in the areas set out in the Inquiry’s recommendations”.

However, Dorries confirms that the Government will continue their discussions with NHS England, NHS Improvement and Spire Healthcare about the current and ongoing care of patients treated by Ian Paterson.

You can read our latest insights on the Paterson inquiry in a series of articles for LaingBuissson - a legal perspective and realistic pricing and risk.

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