A SOUTH Yorkshire hospital has paid out compensation of more than £1 million for operations done by a single surgeon - and the total could rise as another 85 patients are preparing further claims.
The Star reported last month that five patients had received a total of £750,000 after they suffered complications following hip surgery by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra.
Now it has emerged the figure has risen to £1,010,250, after another five patients came forward. Mr Bhamra, aged 55, worked at Rotherham Hospital between 2005 and 2007.
The hospital admitted negligence in some cases, while in others it has made payments but no admission of liability.
The hospital confirmed it has three further outstanding ‘live’ claims, and Irwin Mitchell solicitors – who represented five of the 10 patients who have settled cases – said they had been approached by 85 further patients looking at similar claims.
Mr Bhamra has left Rotherham and is working for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in the Wakefield area. He retains a full licence to practise.
A Rotherham Hospital spokeswoman said: “We have a robust procedure in place in which to fully investigate any complaints that are received.
“If any patient has a concern following treatment we would advise them to contact their GP in the first instance.”