MDDUS responds to Paterson Inquiry report

MDDUS has commented on publication of the report from the Patterson Inquiry.

CEO Chris Kenny said: "We were pleased to be able to give evidence to the Paterson Inquiry, and its publication today is testament to the bravery of the patients who spoke out and exposed the abhorrent practices of Ian Paterson.

"Today is about patient safety, and we welcome the strong support given in Parliament to the principle of whistleblowing by the patient safety minister Nadine Dorries. MDDUS also echoes the call made by Dr Philippa Whitford MP for the powers of the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch to be extended to the private healthcare sector.

"The government has begun a review of indemnity as its provided to healthcare professionals and, following publication of the recommendations made in this report, we will continue to work co-operatively with the Department of Health and Social Care as it considers its response over the next few months.

"We believe that choice for healthcare professionals and protection for patients are complementary, not opposed, goals."