15 January 2020 – BBC News
Dr Arnaldo Paganelli, a cosmetic surgeon, worked privately for The Hospital Group in Birmingham and the small print of the contract given to patients told them to check their doctor’s insurance. His policy did not cover UK work.
A medical tribunal found that Dr Paganelli had taken out insurance with an Italian company he knew did not apply to his role in Britain, ruling that he breached his patients’ trust. Some patients are still waiting for compensation.
The tribunal also heard that some of Dr Paganelli’s patients were compensated for botched operations by The Hospital Group itself, without accepting liability with the money being deducted from Dr Paganelli’s wages. Meanwhile, he continued operating, earning around £338,000 from The Hospital Group.
The tribunal will meet in March to consider if Dr Paganelli is fit to practice.
The Hospital Group now has new owners who stopped employing Dr Paganelli in 2016. It now takes full responsibility for all surgeons that work there, which includes ensuring they have a UK-based insurance policy in place and offers a multi-year aftercare package.