Huge cost of botched operations

Surgeon Manjit Bhamra
Surgeon Manjit Bhamra
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The compensation bill for botched operations carried out by a South Yorkshire surgeon has now reached more than £2.5 million - and could go even higher.

Rotherham Hospital has settled a further nine claims against orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra for a total of £329,000, adding to the £2,252,000 paid out by last August.

So far 30 claims have been settled, with the hospital admitting liability in 20 - but a further 11 claims have also been admitted without compensation yet being agreed.

There are also 42 more claims outstanding on which no agreement has been reached.

The claims against Mr Bhamra largely involve hip, knee, elbow and shoulder surgery carried out at Rotherham Hospital, where he worked until 2009.

Despite the allegations, the surgeon was cleared of any wrongdoing by the General Medical Council in 2011 and has retained a full medical licence since.

The latest batch of payments range from £5,000 to £125,000.

The largest compensation payout to a former patient so far is £830,000.

A spokeswoman for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said: “As part of the agreed protocol to investigate concerns raised by patients treated by Mr Bhamra, the trust has worked, and will continue to work, with patients, the NHS Litigation Authority and legal representatives.

“In circumstances where liability has been accepted by the trust, an apology has been relayed by the trust directly to the patient.

“The protocol scheme was closed on September 30, 2012, and all cases notified prior to that date are being dealt with as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

The litigation authority co-ordinates negligence claims on behalf of health trusts, who each pay into a national scheme.

Rotherham Hospital has been forced to increase its contribution to reflect the amount paid to settle the large number of claims against Mr Bhamra.