Spire Suspends Surgeon Over Treatment Concerns

Nicky Broyd

February 17, 2020

The private health group Spire Healthcare has suspended a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon over concerns about the treatment patients received.

Mike Walsh (Michael Edward Walsh) worked at the Spire hospital in Leeds.

The group also employed the disgraced breast surgeon Ian Paterson. A recent report concluded that "a culture of avoidance and denial" allowed him to perform unnecessary procedures on hundreds of women privately and on the NHS.

Concerns Raised

A spokesperson for Spire Healthcare said: "As part of our commitment to robust clinical oversight and governance, we continuously review the practice of our 7000 consultants’ across 39 hospitals and contact individual patients about their care if there is a concern.

"After concerns were raised about Mr Walsh, an investigation was started in April 2018, and he was suspended immediately. We asked the Royal College of Surgeons to assist with this investigation and have shared the findings with the CQC [Care Quality Commission] and the GMC [General Medical Council]. Where we have identified concerns about the care a patient received, we have invited the patient to an appointment with an independent surgeon to review their treatment. This is a complex case and the review is ongoing."

Spire Healthcare has set up helplines by phone and email for concerned patients. "If you were a patient of Mr Walsh and are concerned about the treatment you received, you can contact our dedicated patient team," it says on its website.

"Spire reiterates its sincere apologies to those patients who have been affected by the treatment they received from Mr Walsh," the spokesperson added via email. 

The GMC said Mr Walsh is currently registered without a licence to practise. This means he is not able legally to practise medicine in the UK. He previously held full registration until January 2019.

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