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NHS pays out 2million after surgeon botches operations – and there are still 94 OUTSTANDING claims
2million of compensation has been paid out to Manjit Bhamra's patients at Rotherham HospitalThere are another 94 outstanding claims against himDespite this, he is STILL working as a surgeon
19:04 GMT, 28 February 2013
07:48 GMT, 1 March 2013
Surgeon Manjit Bhamra is still practising, despite the NHS forking out close to 2million for botched operations
The NHS has paid out more than 2m in compensation to victims of a surgeon who is still allowed to work.
Rotherham Hospital has agreed damages settlements for four former patients of orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra, totalling just over 1m since last summer.
Previously 13 other patients had received a total of 1,058,784.
The latest payments of 1,005,000 include a single payment of 830,000, the highest individual claim so far settled.
Rotherham Hospital admitted liability in all four of the recently settled claims, while another 22 claims were withdrawn.
Of the 17 payouts so far, the hospital has accepted liability in 10 and made no admission in the other seven.
Despite the huge amount of public money paid in compensation, an Information Tribunal recently ruled Rotherham Hospital was right not to disclose information relating to its concerns about Mr Bhamra's work on the grounds that it was the surgeon's ‘personal information’.
The General Medical Council cleared the surgeon of any wrongdoing in 2011 and he retains a full medical licence and is working at another Yorkshire hospital. The GMC declined to comment on how it reached its decision.
The claims against Mr Bhamra largely involve hip, knee, elbow and shoulder surgery he carried out at Rotherham Hospital where he worked full-time up to 2007 and then part-time until 2009.
A small number of claims involve Mr Bhamra's work at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where he has worked at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield since 2009, and Goole Hospital where he worked on an ad-hoc basis.
Mid Yorkshire has said it has no concerns about Mr Bhamra's practice, insisting it undertook robust checks when employing staff.
Lawyers representing former patients of Mr Bhamra have agreed a protocol with the NHS to help process the large number of claims.
A further 94 claims currently remain to be processed under the protocol.
Rotherham Hospital (pictured) has agreed damages settlements for four former patients of the orthopaedic surgeon
The settled claims so far range from 1,750 up to 830,000, with a total of 2,063,784 paid out.
The money is paid by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) which co-ordinates negligence claims on behalf of health trusts who each pay into the scheme.
Rotherham Hospital admitted negligence claimed by Wayne Pickering, 60, from Cantley, Doncaster, who had a hip operation in February 2006.
Mr Pickering's claim alleged the surgeon fractured his pelvis and damaged the sciatic nerve, leaving him with an unstable hip and seriously impaired mobility.
Tim Annett, from Irwin Mitchell solicitors who are representing the majority of claimants, said: ‘While some cases have already settled, a special protocol has been set up with the NHSLA and investigations are on-going to find out exactly what happened during the treatment of our remaining clients and ensure that any potential lessons are learnt to improve patient safety in future.’
Rotherham Hospital declined to comment on the recent settlements or on how much it envisaged being paid out in total.