£750,000 payout for hip op patients

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FIVE patients from a South Yorkshire hospital have settled claims totalling more than £750,000 after they suffered serious complications following hip surgery by the same surgeon.

The claims relate to surgery carried out by Manjit Bhamra, aged 55, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Rotherham General Hospital between 2005 and 2007, according to law firm Irwin Mitchell.

The company said more patients may have been affected by the work of Mr Bhamra, who has since left the hospital.

Wayne Pickering, aged 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, his lawyers say.

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.

Mr Pickering said: “I went into hospital expecting to come out the other side in better shape. Instead I found myself in agony and unable to work.”

Irwin Mitchell said Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust admitted liability for the negligent surgery in Mr Pickering’s case.

Lawyers negotiated a settlement to cover his care rehabilitiation and lost earnings.

Another patient, a 23-year-old woman who needed a hip replacement, was given the wrong implant which was inserted incorrectly. She needed extensive surgery and now has a lifelong disability.

A third patient in her 50s woke up after a routine hip operation with one leg longer than the other. The subsequent pain was so bad that she had to have her entire hip joint removed for nearly three months before it could be corrected.

The two other patients have not agreed to have details of their claims released - but all five have received substantial out of court settlements. It is understood several more complaints are awaiting investigation.

Walid Al-Wali, chief medical officer for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said following an investigation Mr Bhamra was referred to the General Medical Council.

“We understand the GMC investigation is still ongoing and therefore we cannot make any further comment at this stage,” she said.

“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.”