The Independent Inquiry has been set up following the conviction of surgeon Ian Paterson. It will review the circumstances surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice that have affected so many patients, as a case study, and consider other past and current practices. The Inquiry aims to learn lessons from these and to make recommendations to improve the safety and quality of care provided nationally to all patients, in the independent sector and in the NHS.

The Inquiry intended to publish its report before the end of 2019 and was on track to do so. However, since a general election was announced it was necessary to delay until Parliament was sitting.
We are now in a position to lay our report before Parliament. The Inquiry will publish its report on Tuesday 4th February. The report is now available on

Terms of reference

The terms of reference explain the purpose and scope of the Inquiry.

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Profile of the Chair.

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Statements and press releases about the Inquiry and its work.

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How to contact us with information relating to the work of the Inquiry or to ask for information.

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