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.
Irwin Mitchell said 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.
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 (GMC).
“We understand the GMC investigation is still ongoing and therefore we cannot make any further comment at this stage.
“Whilst we would expect any issues associated with Mr Bhamra’s treatment to have emerged well before now, any patient who has a concern should contact their doctor for clinical advice.”