‘No concern’ over surgeon

Manjit Bhamra
Manjit Bhamra

YET more claims for damages have been lodged against a Pinderfields surgeon who attracted legal claims while working in Rotherham.

More than £1m has already been paid following claims against Manjit Bhamra in connection with operations while he worked at Rotherham General Hospital.

Now NHS bosses have confirmed 64 new claims have been lodged and a further 26 are expected.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell is representing 88 patients with claims mostly relating to operations at Rotherham, where Mr Bhamra worked before joining Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in 2008.

But a small number allegedly suffered problems after being treated at Pinderfields Hospital and at Goole Hospital in Lincolnshire, Irwin Mitchell said.

Rotherham Hospital confirmed that up until January, 12 claims relating to operations carried out between 2005 and 2007 had been settled.

The hospital admitted liability in half the claims. A 13th claim was settled before liability was established.

No liability has been established over the current claims.

A Rotherham Hospital spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that we have entered into a protocol to investigate a number of claims arising from treatment provided by Mr Bhamra.

“While we cannot comment on individual cases, we are supporting the process to ensure that 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.”

Mr Bhamra holds a full licence to practise with the General Medical Council.

Andrew Jackson, associate medical director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “All medical staff that we recruit are subject to a robust recruitment process which complies with NHS guidelines and we routinely monitor the practice of all our surgeons using a range of measures.

“We currently have no cause for concern about any aspect of Mr Bhamra’s practice.”