GROUP LEGAL ACTION:

Supporting patients with Medical Negligence claims treated by orthopaedic surgeon Mr Jeremy Parker

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    Case investigation led by Christian Beadell

    Published: August 4, 2023 | Last Updated: February 8, 2024

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We are currently helping patients pursue medical negligence claims following the treatment they received from surgeon Mr Jeremy Parker

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Our expert medical negligence team, lead by Christian Beadell, Head of Group Actions and Francesca Paul, Associate Solicitor, are currently supporting over 140 patients of Mr Jeremy Parker through legal proceedings. At present, our team have successfully secured over £1 million in compensation for 30 related cases.

Mr Jeremy Parker has been under an ongoing investigation by Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) since 2022, after he was referred to it by the General Medical Council. The investigation arose following concerns regarding his orthopaedic surgical procedures.

The  orthopaedic surgeon, who specialised in hip and knee surgery, worked at Colchester Hospital and practised at the Oaks Hospital, but no longer works at either establishment after he received a suspension order in July 2019.

His surgeries were carried out under the NHS, the Choose and Book scheme as well as private treatment.

Following the tribunal, Mr Parker was removed from the medical Registrar with immediate effect from 2 February 2023. This means, Mr Parker was struck off by the General Medical Council.

Mr Parker is unable to act as a doctor within the UK and is currently suspended pending any appeal. If an appeal is not made, then he will be removed from the registrar.

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Reflecting upon the tribunal outcome, our Head of Group Actions, Christian Beadell, stated:

“The Tribunal confirmed that all the allegations against Mr Parker have been upheld, which supports our clients’ claims that over many years, Mr Parker did not warn patents of the material risks of their treatment. Neither was there any consideration of less invasive alternative treatments, and he failed to carry out surgery to the standard patients should expect. It is a great shame that Mr Parker was not present at the hearing, as our clients hoped for an explanation from him for his actions and some sign of contrition.

“This decision comes as no surprise to us or our clients, some of whom have been injured by Mr Parker and gave evidence to the tribunal. What is surprising is that the Trust has made no comment at the hearing, nor explained why Mr Parker was able to continue to operate on patients despite having been suspended. It is gravely concerning that, while he was suspended, Mr Parker carried out 33 major hip and knee surgeries.

“We welcome the decision to strike off Mr Parker, but this will come as little consolation to many hundreds of people who have to live with the consequences of his actions. Now that the findings have been published, and action taken, we urge the Trust to accelerate the settlement of ongoing legal claims so that our clients can get on with their lives and try and put these sad events behind them.

“Finally, there may be hundreds of other people in Essex and the Colchester area who have been affected by Mr Parker’s activities. I urge them to seek expert legal advice; it is a point of law that when people are injured and it is not their fault, for example as a result of a sub-standard surgical procedure, they are entitled to redress.”

Our team continue to collaborate with the Trust’s legal representatives to resolve these claims as swiftly and economically as possible. Despite over £1 million in compensation already being secured, we continue to investigate new enquiries. There may be hundreds of people impacted, and we advise those individuals to seek legal advice.

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What’s the process?

When you contact the team we will provide a Free Case Assessment to understand what has happened to you, listen what you would like to achieve and ensure that you have a valid case to bring.

Once we have identified that you have a legitimate claim we will begin an investigation. In a group action this can be slightly different to a normal case as there will be parts which we can achieve as part of a wider group. Within this stage we will need to collect evidence, work out who is responsible and assess your injuries. When dealing with a group there may be efficiencies and hopefully you will be able to benefit from this. We will apply to the Court to let them know that we are dealing with the case. If needed we will get a Group Litigation Order.

We will then negotiate with the defendants in order for us to try and reach a favourable settlement. Once we have a decision or an agreement of settlement we will arrange for the compensation to be paid to you.

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Why Fletchers?

We have a dedicated team who deal with Group Action claims and have the infrastructure that some smaller firms do not have to better support our clients and the process. Our expert team acts for countless of people across the UK injured in a healthcare setting, such as a hospital or clinic, or those who have received faulty medical devices. We are always stronger together, fighting as a group. You can also be reassured that our team are experts in clinical negligence and personal injury. The lawyers in our teams have fought many similar cases and are ranked among the leading lawyers in these types of cases. We are independently ranked as leaders in this field with Legal 500 Directory 2024 stating: “Fletchers has been at the forefront of using and developing IT systems to manage and progress cases effectively. They are specialists in what they do and give a personal service to their clients. They become someone you can turn to for anything. Friendly, helpful, nothing is a problem as well as being there for you every step of the way. They always answer your phone calls and emails – no waiting around. They go above and beyond.”

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    Christian Beadell

    Head of Group Actions

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    Francesca Paul

    Associate