Payouts agreed for surgeon 'errors'
Five hospital patients have settled claims totalling more than £750,000 after they suffered serious complications following hip and shoulder surgery by the same surgeon, a law firm said.
The claims relate to surgery carried out by Mr Manjit Bhamra, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Rotherham General Hospital between 2005 and 2007, law firm Irwin Mitchell said. The company said more patients may have been affected by the work of Mr Bhamra, who has since left the hospital.
Wayne Pickering, 59, from Cantley in Doncaster, underwent hip revision surgery in February 2006 on his right hip. During the operation it is alleged the surgeon fractured Mr Pickering's pelvis and damaged the sciatic nerve. Despite identifying the fracture it was not repaired and Mr Pickering was left with an unstable and painful hip, lawyers said.
As a result of the surgery in 2006, Mr Pickering's mobility was seriously impaired and he was not able to return to work. He also developed a chronic pain syndrome. A repair operation was only done after his lawyers secured an interim payment in May 2009.
Mr Pickering said: "I went into hospital expecting to have my hip revised and come out the other side in better shape. Instead I found myself in agony and unable to work because I couldn't even walk properly."
Irwin Mitchell said the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability for the negligent surgery in Mr Pickering's case. Lawyers negotiated a settlement on Mr Pickering's behalf to cover his ongoing care and rehabilitation costs as well as his lost earnings.
In other cases, it is alleged Mr Bhamra used the wrong hip prosthesis on a 23-year-old woman, inserting it incorrectly. The error left the woman needing a complicated revision operation to revise the botched surgery. She has now been left with a lifelong disability which restricts her mobility.
The law firm also represented a 51-year-old woman who had a hip replacement operation in 2006. She was left with a significant discrepancy between the length of her legs as a result of a negligently performed operation, the law firm said. After three years of pain and problems she had a two-stage revision surgery in 2009 and has now been left with permanent pain and a lifelong restriction in mobility
Irwin Mitchell is now seeking assurances that any other patients who might have been affected are being appropriately reviewed to ensure any necessary corrective treatment is undertaken.
Walid Al-Wali, chief medical officer for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, confirmed that Mr Bhamra was employed as a full time orthopaedic surgeon specialising in hip replacements until September 2007. She said following an investigation he was referred to the General Medical Council.