An Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by the practice of Ian Paterson has been set up by the Minister of State for Health under the chairmanship of the Lord Bishop of Norwich. It will review the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice and consider other past and current practices. It will pay particular attention to accountability and responsibility for safety and quality between the independent sector and the NHS. It will also focus on arrangements for assuring that healthcare professionals maintain appropriate professional standards.  FIPO has formally expressed its interest in providing professional perspective to the Inquiry.

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