Staffordshire Police are currently investigating treatment provided by a doctor who previously practised at both University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust. They have currently identified 9 potential child victims and 109 “cases of concern”.

The unnamed doctor was arrested in December 2021 on suspicion of child sexual assault. The doctor has since been released on bail whilst investigations are ongoing. His representative confirms that he denies all allegations and is cooperating with the hospital and police enquiry.

Whilst the finer details of this investigation are unknown at present, the doctor, who was originally based at Royal Stoke University Hospital, was suspended in 2018 when the parents of a vulnerable female patient raised concerns about an examination he carried out. An inquiry at the time went on to identify concerns regarding other patients prompting bosses to involve Staffordshire Police in a formal investigation. Subsequently due to a lack of evidence the doctor returned to his role in 2019. Following this he completed a two year training course and then moved on to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley in 2020.

When at Russells Hall the doctor worked within both the A&E department and obstetrics and gynaecology. It is understood that during his time at the Trust he saw more than 800 patients including over 350 children. Complaints have been received by the Trust in respect of the examination of two girls, aged 7 and 15. He was excluded from the hospital in March 2021 and subsequently suspended by the General Medical Council in October 2021.

In light of the further complaints, Staffordshire Police have launched Operation Anzu with a view to conducting a major review of his work. Parents of children seen by the doctor have been contacted by letter urging them to speak with Staffordshire Police. At this time both hospitals have set up helplines to try and support those involved. The numbers are as follows:-

Royal Stoke University Hospital Patients – 01782 672540

Russells Hall Hospital Patients – 01384 322311

Staffordshire Police have reported themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Karen Reynolds, Head of Clinical Negligence covering Derby, Stoke, Liverpool and Manchester has a wealth of experience in handling cases where doctors have failed to adequately seek the consent of a patient leading to potentially life-altering outcomes. Karen also acts on behalf of a number claimants in group actions where concerns have been raised over a doctor’s approach to treatment, leading to the NHS reviewing the treatment provided to hundreds of patients.

At the current time Karen is leading investigations on behalf of over 60 patients who suffered negligent treatment by former consultant maxillofacial surgeon, Roger Bainton. Mr Bainton also worked at the Royal Stoke Hospital and carried out a number of unnecessary operations and experimental procedures between 2005 and 2013. He was suspended in 2013, subsequently dismissed and erased from the medical register by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. Karen Reynolds, alongside staff within the team have obtained compensation for many who received negligent treatment whilst under the care of Mr Bainton. They are now working with the Trust to resolve the ongoing cases.

When considering this recent news story Karen Reynolds commented “I am aware from my previous investigations into the actions of Mr Bainton at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust that it took the Trust some time to realise that his approach was at times inappropriate. My concern here is that clearly questions had been raised about this doctor and I wonder if the Trust acted appropriately. After the initial investigation was concluded, was he adequately supervised as he continued to worked within the Trust? This must be a very distressing time for any families affected and they should receive answers as soon as possible”.

If you are concerned about any treatment which you or a loved one have received, please contact a member of our team for a free, informal discussion;

Karen Reynolds, Partner: 0345 272 5677 or 07717 730834. Or by email to karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Siobhan Genever, Director: 0345 030 5774 or 07971 586185. Or by email to siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Claire Cooper, Senior Associate: 03 45 274 6830 or 07811 744463. Or by email to claire.cooper@freeths.co.uk

Naomi Solomon, Senior Associate: 0845 030 5742 or 07973 881711. Or by email to naomi.solomon@freeths.co.uk

Lisa Goulding, Trainee Legal Executive: 0845 050 3277 or 07973 891656. Or by email to lisa.goulding@freeths.co.uk

For further information please also visit our website at: http://www.freeths.co.uk/legal-services/individuals/clinical-negligence/

For more on this story please visit the BBC website;

 NHS hospital doctor arrested on suspicion of sexual assault - BBC News