Arackal Manu Nair patient recall
Patients from West Midlands healthcare centre Spire have been recalled following treatment from Arackal Manu Nair, Urologist, for prostate surgery. It is alleged that former patients may have undergone unnecessary prostate operations rather than being prescribed more appropriate medication.
The General Medical Council (GMC) placed a series of restrictions on Mr Nair’s registration as reported in the BMJ.
The Dr Arackal Manu Nair patient recall comes after the Ian Paterson scandal at the same NHS Trust. Iam Paterson was the surgeon who was suspended for performing unauthorised ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomies and who is now facing criminal charges.
Consultant urologist, Manu Nair, was suspended in 2014 for carrying out treatments for prostate cancer which have left some patients complaining of constant pain, infertility and incontinence.
The Arackal Manu Nair patient recall involves 170 of Mr Nair’s NHS and private patients who were treated at Heartlands Hospital (part of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust) and the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.
What did Mr Nair do?
Mr Nair had a respected reputation and had been chosen to appear on Channel Four’s ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ as an expert in his field. He offered patients a non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer, namely High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) (BBC report, July 2006). According to the Cancer Research website, this treatment is only effective for certain types of cancer and only single site tumours (it is not effective for cancers which have spread to other parts of the body) and according to NICE guidelines it is normally only given as part of a trial.
The Arackal Manu Nair patient recall and enquiry is focussing on whether or not the use of this technique (and the radical prostatectomies) by Mr Nair was appropriate as well as investigating allegations that some of the men did not even need treatment.
The Arackal Manu Nair patient recall will consider whether procedures and protocols were followed. Why did staff not flag concerns about his practice? If they did, why was there no follow up for those complaints and why was left to go on for so long without challenge?
Have you been recalled?
If you have been recalled then get in touch about pursuing a medical negligence claim. Many clients have discovered via the recall that the harm they have suffered was not a routine part of having cancer treatment. Many have identified that they did not require such treatment at all.
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