It has recently emerged that Michael Walsh, Orthopaedic Surgeon, has been suspended following concerns over the treatment afforded to his patients.

Following an initial investigation, it has been reported that 50 of his patients from the Spire Leeds Hospital have been recalled following allegations of unnecessary harm and substandard surgery.

Investigations are ongoing but it has led to calls for an inquiry into the private health sector and the financial incentives associated with recommending and performing operations.

Certainly, there seems to be an air of concern about the so called ‘culture of avoidance and denial’ which is rumoured to exist within the private healthcare sector.

Freeths Clinical Negligence solicitors have vast experience in claims arising from the malpractice of senior surgeons. Jane Williams is currently leading investigations on behalf of a number of patients who have come to harm whilst under the care of the Oral and Maxillofacial Service at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. In the past, Jane and her team have also worked on similar group actions, including the Dr Holton epilepsy cases and the cervical smear claims. 

If you, or a loved one, have concerns about care you have received, or have been a patient of Michael Walsh, please contact Jane Williams or another lawyer in our Clinical Negligence team:

Jane Williams, Partner (Leeds/Sheffield/Leicester/Nottingham) 0116 248 1105 or email:

Carolyn Lowe, Partner (Oxford/Milton Keynes) on 0186 578 1019 

Karen Reynolds, Partner (Derby/Stoke on Trent/Birmingham) on 0845 272 5677