Spire Healthcare is one of the UK’s biggest private healthcare providers. It was involved in one of the sector’s biggest scandals in UK history, when it was revealed that Spire surgeon Ian Patterson had subjecting more than 1,000 patients to unnecessary and damaging operations over the course of 14 years. According to an independent inquiry, various colleagues had been voicing concerns about the surgeon since 2003 within both Spire and the NHS but he wasn’t suspended until 2011. Spire’s total compensation paid to victims has now reached £50 million (US$ 61.45 million). Countless other similar cases, both of unnecessary surgery as well as medical negligence during surgery, have been brought against the British healthcare giant for years.
Private healthcare services
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- For-Profit Hospitals Have Thrived Because of Generous Public Reimbursement Schemes, Not Greater Efficiency: A Multi-Country Case Study by Patrick P. T. Jeurissen, Florien M. Kruse, Reinhard Busse, David U. Himmelstein, Elias Mossialos and Steffie Woolhandler (2021)
- Pounds for Patients? How private hospitals use financial incentives to win the business of medical consultants by David Rowland/The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) (2019)
- The failure of privatised adult social care in England: what is to be done? by Bob Hudson/The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) (2016)
- Health Care Reforms and the Rise of Global Multinational Health Care Companies by Jane Lethbridge/Public Services International (PSI) (2015)
- The wrong medicine: A review of the impacts of NHS reforms in England by Anna Coote and Joe Penny/New Economics Foundation (2014)
- The rise of the “public services industry”: A report for UNISON by Paul Gosling (2011)
Paula Reisdorf | CorpWatch | October 24, 2022
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Esme Ashcroft | Bristol Post | January 31, 2018
Some 25 households around the private Spire Hospital in Redland have submitted objections to the 281-space car park proposal, branding it ironic and "extraordinary" that a hospital should seek to increase a reliance on car travel.
The BBC | March 3, 2015
Women given unnecessary or incomplete breast operations by a surgeon at two private hospitals have protested about delays in receiving compensation.
NHS 'People's March' protests: Thousands join London's new 'jarrow march' in demonstrations against health cuts
Charlie Cooper and Serina Sandhu | The Independent | September 7, 2014
Only last week, three companies – Spire, Circle and Ramsay Health – announced large year-on-year increases in their NHS income. Spire, which has 35 clinics and hospitals which offer NHS-funded care, took £117m of NHS money in the first half of this year – up 29 per cent.
- European Public Service Union (EPSU)
- European Network of Corporate Observatories (ENCO)
- Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt (CADTM)
- Public Services International
- NHS For Sale
- Keep Our NHS Public
- The Lowdown NHS
- Defend Our NHS
- Stockport NHS Watch
- NHS Fight Back
- Health Emergency
- Patients Before Profits: Justice for Victims of Ian Paterson
- The People's Assembly
- Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI)
- We Own It
- Corporate Watch
- New Economics Foundation
Medical negligence specialists turn to the courts to seek faster legal resolution against Spire Bristol for victims of surgeon Tony Dixon
Thompsons Solicitors | September 2, 2022
A leading medical negligence law firm, with more than 100 ongoing legal claims against Bristol-based mesh surgeon Anthony Dixon, is seeking court approval for an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme – which it hopes will speed up the legal process for his victims at Spire Bristol.
Peter Thurlow | East Anglia Bylines | March 31, 2022
The deaths all occurred at the Spire Hospital, on Old Watton Road in Norwich. The cases are not known to be connected, but a spokesperson for the coroner explained that the three deaths raise similar concerns, and it is proper to investigate them together since there is a potential link.
BBC | April 29, 2021
A private hospital has been ordered to pay £20,000 after it delayed telling patients about a surgeon's bad practice in the first prosecution of its kind. Upper limb orthopaedic consultant Mike Walsh worked at the Spire Leeds Hospital from 1993 until he was suspended in 2018, a judge was told.
Shaun Lintern | The Independent | March 19, 2021
Spire Healthcare’s compensation bill set to hit almost £50m after patients tricked into undergoing unnecessary operations.
Emily Nicolle | City AM | July 1, 2020
Spire Healthcare has admitted to its part in an illegal price fixing scandal that saw one of its hospitals overcharge patients with eye disorders. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ordered the firm to pay £1.2m in fines following the conclusion of its investigation.
Denis Campbell and Alexandra Topping | The Guardian | February 4, 2020
The rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson subjected more than 1,000 patients to unnecessary and damaging operations over 14 years before he was stopped, an independent inquiry has found... Despite colleagues voicing fears about Paterson from 2003, he was allowed to continue working and was not suspended by the NHS and Spire until 2011.
Georgina Morris | Yorkshire Evening Post | February 3, 2020
Malikayil Skaria Alexander was the subject of an interim order hearing held in October last year when a number of conditions were placed on his licence.
BBC | March 20, 2019
But the report did not find negligence in the care provided. Spire was ordered to make a "goodwill payment" of £2,250 to Mrs Lewis.
Pryers | September 1, 2016
The patients are taking legal action against Dr Nair following prostate, bladder and kidney treatments carried out by the surgeon at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham and Spire Parkway private hospital in Solihull.
Iona Bain | Financial Adviser | September 4, 2013
The provisional findings from an inquiry into the sector found that the largest three hospital operators – BMI Healthcare, HCA International and Spire Healthcare – have capitalised on weak competition, particularly in areas such as London, to negotiate policy pricing to their advantage.
BBC | February 17, 2011
Charlie Leahy, who was being treated for terminal bowel cancer, died of a heart attack at the Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge in 2009. Now a former nurse there has raised questions over his care - leading Iain Duncan Smith to call for an inquiry.
Michael Paduano | BBC | October 11, 2022
Spire Healthcare, in Birmingham, would not confirm how many patients of Munawar Shah would be recalled. It comes after Walsall Healthcare Trust announced it was recalling 600 NHS patients who underwent shoulder surgery performed by Mr Shah.
Hull surgeon struck off after injecting patient in wrong hip and then trying to cover it up with lies
James Campbell | Hull Daily Mail | March 14, 2022
Dr Narayanasamy Raghuraman was working at the Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital in Anlaby when he made the terrible mistake although the physical or mental impact on the patient has not been made clear.
The Northern Echo | January 28, 2020
A shoulder procedure carried out at the private Spire Parkway Hospital by consultant orthopaedic surgeon Amir Salama was reviewed after concerns were raised about the operation, Spire Healthcare said.
Conrad Duncan | The Independent | January 24, 2020
Hundreds of patients for the UK’s second largest private healthcare provider have been recalled over concerns about operations performed by surgeon Habib Rahman.
Conor Gogarty | Bristol Post | December 18, 2019
A whistle-blowing employee said: “The theatres are in a dreadful state of poor cleanliness. They are filthy and have to be deep-cleaned.”
Ed Chatterton and James Rodger | Birmingham Live | December 16, 2019
A grandfather has received a payout from a private hospital after having his bile duct severed during a botched gallbladder operation outsourced by the NHS. Keith Salt, 60, now has a shortened life expectancy after suffering complications during a procedure at the Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Mids.
Express & Star | August 24, 2015
But she says that after Spire Little Aston Hospital took the trouble to anaesthetise her, they immediately stitched back up again having spotted that the cysts were in fact two-and-half inches of plastic tubing, left inside her from a previous operation.
Bethany Rielly | Morning Star | January 10, 2022
Private firms will be paid millions to treat NHS patients over the next three months as part of a new deal, slammed by campaigners as a “disgraceful waste of public funds.” ... Firms benefiting from the agreement include Practice Plus Group, Spire Healthcare, Nuffield Health and Circle Health Group.
Jasper Jolly | The Guardian | April 19, 2021
The boss of a private hospital company has been awarded an annual bonus worth more than £300,000 after the business he leads benefited from an NHS contract worth £360m during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sanya Perera | World Socialist Web Site | April 13, 2021
Having signed up to NHS England’s deals awarding an eyewatering £10 billion to private companies, Spire’s profits, along with more than 90 other providers, are guaranteed for the next four years.
Nigel Nelson and Sean Rayment | Mirror | March 14, 2020
Talks commenced on Friday with private health provider Spire, which has 39 private hospitals across the UK.
Daniel Boffey | The Guardian | March 21, 2015
"Although Spire has been reconstituted during 2014 as a UK stock exchange-quoted company, it is still controlled by a Guernsey-based private equity operation, while Bio Products Laboratory Holdings is owned from the Cayman Islands by Bain Capital, another private equity fund."
Corporate Watch | March 17, 2012
Spire Healthcare, the UK’s second largest private healthcare company, is channelling £65m a year through a Luxembourg subsidiary of Cinven, its private equity owner, almost wiping out its taxable UK earnings.
CorpWatch is still gathering procurement data on Spire Healthcare at this time.