We are so proud of our client Scott for telling his story last night on ITV News, along with other victims of Michael Walsh. A private surgeon working out of Spire Leeds, Michael Walsh is being investigated by the GMC relating to years of treatment provided both privately and at Spire through the NHS.
Patients are usually unaware that if they have been referred to Spire via the NHS treatment, this still constitutes NHS care. What is clear from speaking to victims, is that they were not aware of the duty of candour, as Scott reported. The Duty Of Candour is a statutory (legal) duty to be open and honest with patients (or ‘service users’), or their families, when something goes wrong that appears to have caused or could lead to significant harm in the future. Scott was only aware that something could have been wrong with his treatment when the GMC contacted him.
We are encouraging people to come forward if they are concerned about treatment they have received at Spire, whether this be through concerns regarding Mr Walsh, or any other medical professional. It is clear that any potential investigations relate to unnecessary surgery. Patients may feel that they have had surgery without proper tests and investigations in the private sector.
This is the third surgeon practising out of the Spire that has been investigated by the General Medical Council or the Royal College of Surgeons, including the recent publication of the review into Spire Breast Surgeon, Ian Patterson and also the investigation into Mr Rahman based in the West Midlands.
Lucy Wells, who represents Scott says,
I am deeply concerned as to the extent of harm caused by this surgeon. Unfortunately, we are already aware that Scott is not the only victim of Mr Walsh. Along with many other patients who may now wonder if they are victims, my focus is on assisting in ensuring that this surgeon is properly investigated. We are supporting those patients in seeking answers, along with assisting the relevant authorities who are investigating Mr Walsh.