NHS chiefs face £2million op bill

Manjit Bhamra
Manjit Bhamra
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HOSPITAL bosses in Rotherham are facing 90 new compensation claims for botched operations against a single surgeon - with the bill likely to top £2million.

Claims against orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra have increased by 64, with a further 26 set to follow.

More than £1million has already been paid out by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to settle 13 claims relating to operations done by Mr Bhamra while he worked at Rotherham Hospital.

The claims relate to hip, knee, elbow and shoulder operations carried out between 2005 and 2007, the year Mr Bhamra left Rotherham Hospital.

The law firm dealing with most of the claims, has expressed concern there are so many against the work of a single surgeon.

Mr Bhamra, an orthopaedic surgeon, has twice been cleared to continue working following investigations by the General Medical Council and now works at Wakefield-based Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

A Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust spokesman: “We can confirm that we have entered into a protocol to investigate a number of claims arising from treatment provided by Mr Bhamra.”

“Whilst we cannot comment on individual cases, we are supporting the process to ensure that any cases where compensation should be paid are identified as quickly as possible.”

“At this stage, we are unclear how many of the claims received will result in compensation being paid.”

Nearly all of the current claims are being handled by Irwin Mitchell solicitors.

Tim Annett, a specialist in the medical law and patients’ rights team at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Having already concluded five cases on behalf of clients who suffered complications after surgery by Mr Bhamra, Irwin Mitchell has now agreed a protocol for further cases to be investigated on behalf of clients who have experienced difficulties following surgery by the same person.”

“We have currently submitted 88 cases to be reviewed.”

“As a firm which has repeatedly stressed the need for patient safety to be the top priority in the NHS, we are naturally very concerned that we are currently investigating 88 cases involving the same surgeon.”

“It is too early to make further comment, as cases currently going through the protocol are at early stages and need further investigation by ourselves and the NHS.”

“We wholeheartedly welcome close co-operation from the NHS and the NHS Litigation Authority in agreeing this method in the interests of our clients. This couldn’t have been achieved without goodwill on both sides.”

“Our focus now is on working towards an early resolution for each of the clients we represent so they can move on with the rest of their lives.”

A spokesman at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said there was “no cause for concern about any aspect of Mr Bhamra’s practice.”