Damages claims mount against South Yorkshire hospital surgeon

Operations: Manjit Bhamra
Operations: Manjit Bhamra
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HOSPITAL bosses are facing 90 new compensation claims for damages against a single South Yorkshire surgeon - with the bill likely to top £2 million.

Some 64 new claims have been lodged against orthopoedic surgeon Manji Bhamra, with a further 26 set to follow.

More than £1m has already been paid out by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to settle 13 claims relating to operations done by Mr Bhamra while he worked at Rotherham Hospital.

The amounts ranged from £1,750 to £500,000 with the hospital admitting liability in six of the settled claims but no admission in the other seven.

Mr Bhamra has twice been cleared to continue working following investigations by the General Medical Council and now works at Wakefield-based Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, where bosses insist they have ‘no cause for concern’ about his work.

The claims relate to hip, knee, elbow and shoulder operations carried out between 2005 and 2007, the year Mr Bhamra left Rotherham Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the trust said: “We have entered into a protocol to investigate a number of claims arising from treatment provided by Mr Bhamra.

“We are supporting the process to ensure any cases where compensation should be paid are identified as quickly as possible.

“At this stage, we are unclear how many of the claims received will result in compensation being paid.”

Tim Annett, a specialist in medical law at Irwin Mitchell solicitors, which is handling most of the claims, said: “As a firm which has repeatedly stressed the need for patient safety, we are very concerned we are currently investigating so many cases involving the same surgeon.”