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  • Ian Paterson has been seen in public for the first time since his conviction
  • The breast surgeon duped patients into going under the knife to take the profits
  • He left his Manchester home with his dog in a t-shirt declaring himself a 'ray of sunshine'
  • It came as Jeremy Hunt announced there would be an inquiry into his actions

By Rebecca Taylor For Mailonline

Published: 09:18 EDT, 5 May 2017 | Updated: 11:53 EDT, 5 May 2017

A breast surgeon convicted of performing unnecessary operations on thousands of patients has emerged for the first time since his trial in a t-shirt calling himself a 'ray of sunshine'.

Ian Paterson, who was found guilty of wounding 10 patients after duping them into surgery appeared to think nothing of wearing the top reading 'I'm just one big freaking ray of sunshine'.

It is the first time he has been seen since his conviction last week.

Ian Paterson, 59, wore a t-shirt saying 'I'm just one big freaking ray of sunshine' when he took his dog out for a walk on Thursday
Ian Paterson, 59, wore a t-shirt saying 'I'm just one big freaking ray of sunshine' when he took his dog out for a walk on Thursday

Ian Paterson, 59, wore a t-shirt saying 'I'm just one big freaking ray of sunshine' when he took his dog out for a walk on Thursday

He faces a possible life sentence for his crimes.

The surgeon would exaggerate the extent of cancer within patients to refer them to the private surgery where he worked, profiting from their unnecessary operations.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced there would be an inquiry into what happened yesterday, after it was revealed concerns from whistleblowers were ignored.

Paterson, 59, who was said to have a 'God complex', was convicted last week of harming ten patients he conned into having surgery. Lawyers believe he could have had more than 1,000 victims.

Paterson pictured outside court where he was convicted of wounding 10 women
Paterson pictured outside court where he was convicted of wounding 10 women

Paterson duped patients into going under the knife for cancer treatment, and wounded 10 people in the process. Right, outside court

Patricia Welch and Frances Perks said Paterson enjoyed playing God with patients' lives
Patricia Welch and Frances Perks said Paterson enjoyed playing God with patients' lives

Patricia Welch and Frances Perks said Paterson enjoyed playing God with patients' lives

NHS bosses face questioning over why they ignored the concerns of whistleblowers and failed to carry out a thorough investigation. 

According to the Mirror, the surgeon kept a low profile in Altrincham, Manchester, after the conviction, but emerged yesterday with his dog. 

The slogan will be a slap in the face for the women who faced problems after being convinced to go under his surgical knife. 

He wept in the dock when he was convicted, but a remark made under his breath, to call one victim a 'lying b****' appeared to have given an insight into his character.  

Mr Hunt said: 'The conviction of Ian Paterson, and recent disclosures about the seriousness and extent of his malpractice, are profoundly shocking.

'A highly qualified medical professional, with a duty of care for his patients, totally neglected that duty and instead performed unnecessary procedures on a huge number of women.

'If returned to government [in June's election], we will hold a comprehensive and focused inquiry to ensure that any lessons are learnt in the interests of ensuring patients are protected in future.' 

The inquiry has been welcomed by the doctor's victims.

DCI Caroline Marsh from West Midlands Police speaking outside Nottingham Crown Court alongside one of the doctor's victims
DCI Caroline Marsh from West Midlands Police speaking outside Nottingham Crown Court alongside one of the doctor's victims

DCI Caroline Marsh from West Midlands Police speaking outside Nottingham Crown Court alongside one of the doctor's victims

Lesley Cuthbert, victim of surgeon Ian Paterson, speaks after his conviction. The inquiry into what happened has been welcomed by victims
Lesley Cuthbert, victim of surgeon Ian Paterson, speaks after his conviction. The inquiry into what happened has been welcomed by victims

Lesley Cuthbert, victim of surgeon Ian Paterson, speaks after his conviction. The inquiry into what happened has been welcomed by victims

Debbie Douglas (right) is comforted by a friend (left) after the conviction. The doctor faces life in prison
Debbie Douglas (right) is comforted by a friend (left) after the conviction. The doctor faces life in prison

Debbie Douglas (right) is comforted by a friend (left) after the conviction. The doctor faces life in prison

Susan Everett, who was given a false cancer diagnosis, said the inquiry was ‘excellent news’.

But Barbara Lewis, 62, who has terminal breast cancer after undergoing a ‘cleavage sparing’ mastectomy, said: ‘The victims and families will only get satisfaction if it’s out in the open. If it’s behind closed doors, it’s the old boys’ act again. We won’t get to the truth.’ 

Jurors at his trial were not told Paterson is at the centre of a major scandal after carrying out 1,207 ‘experimental’ mastectomies in the NHS.

Nor were they made aware that 675 of those who had his ‘cleavage saving mastectomies’ (CSMs) – in which he failed to remove all the tissue – have since died. They were not told compensation claims have already cost the NHS nearly £18million and hundreds of his patients were recalled.

Emma Doughty, clinical negligence solicitor for Slater and Gordon, said: ‘God knows how many this actually affects. There are hundreds if not thousands of claimants … people who haven’t come forward, people who have died.’

Sharon Hollings from Birmingham, one of those who was operated on by the dodgy surgeon, who kept a low profile after his conviction
Sharon Hollings from Birmingham, one of those who was operated on by the dodgy surgeon, who kept a low profile after his conviction

Sharon Hollings from Birmingham, one of those who was operated on by the dodgy surgeon, who kept a low profile after his conviction

Mother-of-two Michelle Flavelle is one of a number of Paterson's former patients who have died since his controversial treatment
Mother-of-two Michelle Flavelle is one of a number of Paterson's former patients who have died since his controversial treatment

Marian Moran left, said her life was ruined by the unnecessary procedure and right, Mother-of-two Michelle Flavelle is one of a number of Paterson's former patients who have died since his controversial treatment

Paterson, who was granted legal aid, was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent, for which the maximum sentence is life, and three of unlawful wounding.

The jury in Nottingham agreed with the prosecution that he carried out ‘life-changing operations for no medically justifiable reason’.

Paterson, who faces a jail sentence, worked at hospitals run by the Heart of England Foundation Trust in Birmingham and at private hospitals in Solihull and Sutton Coldfield.

He was suspended by the General Medical Council in 2012 for carrying out needless operations on hundreds of women.

He could have been struck off after almost killing Mrs Dallow. Instead he was allowed to reinvent himself as a breast cancer specialist. In 2002-03, two cancer experts raised concerns about Paterson to his boss but were not taken seriously.

The trust eventually launched a confidential inquiry in 2007 but failed to report Paterson to the General Medical Council. 

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