Paterson Independent Inquiry

Information for patients of Mr Ian Paterson

Spire’s response to the findings of the Paterson Independent Inquiry

The Paterson Independent Inquiry published its final report on 4 February 2020.

Read Spire Healthcare’s statement in response to the report

Frequently asked questions

If you were treated by Ian Paterson and have a question regarding your case, please call our dedicated patient helpline on 0191 497 8190, and speak to a member of our specialist team. The helpline is in operation between 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm Saturday.

If you would like confidential support and advice from an independent organisation, you can also speak to The Patients Association on 0800 345 7115 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The Paterson Independent Inquiry

The Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by Paterson was chaired by the former Bishop of Norwich, Rt Rev Graham James. For information on the Inquiry and the final report, please visit

Changes made by Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare has made a wide range of changes since Paterson’s time, aimed at putting patient safety at the heart of everything we do.

Read more about the changes

Findings from the Verita report

In 2013, Spire Healthcare commissioned the independent consultancy Verita to undertake a review of the governance arrangements at Spire Parkway and Little Aston hospitals in the light of concerns raised about Mr Ian Paterson. Spire asked Verita to explore the circumstances that enabled Mr Paterson to practise as he did, so that lessons could be learnt.

Read more about the Report

Spire Healthcare's response to recommendations from the Verita report

Upon completion of the Verita report, in 2014, Spire published its response to the findings.

Read Spire Healthcare's response