Our expert medical negligence group actions team, lead by Christian Beadell, Head of Group Action and Francesca Paul, Associate Solicitor, are currently supporting 140 patients of Mr Jeremy Parker through their clams. The team have already successfully secured in excess of £1 million in compensation for 30 related cases.
Mr Jeremy Parker has been under an ongoing investigation by Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) since 2022, after being referred to it by the General Medical Council. The investigation arose following concerns relating to his orthopaedic surgical procedures.
The orthopaedic surgeon specialised in hip and knee surgery, worked at Colchester Hospital as well as practising at the Oaks Hospital. He no longer works at either after receiving a suspension order in July 2019.
Mr Parker carried out surgeries under the NHS, the Choose and Book scheme and private treatment.
After a tribunal, Mr Parker was removed from the medical Registrar with immediate effect from 2nd February 2023. Thus meaning, Mr Parker was struck off by the General Medical Council.
As a result of being struck off, Mr Parker is now unable to practise within the UK, meaning he is suspended pending any appeal. If an appeal is not made, then he will be removed from the registrar.
Reacting to the tribunal’s outcome, our Head of Group Actions, Christian Beadell, said:
“The Tribunal confirmed that all the allegations against Mr Parker have been upheld, which supports our clients’ claims that over many years, Mr Parker did not warn patents of the material risks of their treatment. Neither was there any consideration of less invasive alternative treatments, and he failed to carry out surgery to the standard patients should expect. It is a great shame that Mr Parker was not present at the hearing, as our clients hoped for an explanation from him for his actions and some sign of contrition.
“This decision comes as no surprise to us or our clients, some of whom have been injured by Mr Parker and gave evidence to the tribunal. What is surprising is that the Trust has made no comment at the hearing, nor explained why Mr Parker was able to continue to operate on patients despite having been suspended. It is gravely concerning that, while he was suspended, Mr Parker carried out 33 major hip and knee surgeries.
“We welcome the decision to strike off Mr Parker, but this will come as little consolation to many hundreds of people who have to live with the consequences of his actions. Now that the findings have been published, and action taken, we urge the Trust to accelerate the settlement of ongoing legal claims so that our clients can get on with their lives and try and put these sad events behind them.
“Finally, there may be hundreds of other people in Essex and the Colchester area who have been affected by Mr Parker’s activities. I urge them to seek expert legal advice; it is a point of law that when people are injured and it is not their fault, for example as a result of a sub-standard surgical procedure, they are entitled to redress.”
What happens next?
Our team continue to work with the Trust’s legal team to resolve these claims as quickly as possible. Despite over £1 million in compensation already being secured, we are continuing to investigate new enquiries. There may be hundreds of people impacted by the actions of Mr Parker, and we encourage those individuals to seek legal advice.
Have you been impacted?
If you have been affected by treatment from Mr Parker and want to know if you have a claim, we are happy to have a no-obligation chat. We worked solely on a No Win, No Fee basis which means there is no financial risk to you.. Get in touch with our specialist team and they will guide you through next steps and how we can help.
Failed to discuss care with other medical professionals prior to operating.
Failed to obtain informed consent for the procedure.
Failed to refer a patient to an appropriate specialist.
Dishonest in adding pre-typed notes to approximately 14 patient’s records.
Undertook surgery while subject to imposed restrictions on his practice.
Mr Parker has been struck off by the General Medical Council
The Tribunal confirmed that all the allegations against Mr Parker have been upheld. Over many years, Mr Parker did not warn patents of the risks of their treatment. Neither was there any consideration of less invasive alternative treatments, and he failed to carry out surgery to the standard patients should expect.
Do you feel you have been affected?
There may be hundreds of other people in Essex and the Colchester area who have been affected by Mr Parker’s activities. We urge them to seek expert legal advice, as they may be entitled to financial compensation that may help them move forward more comfortably with their lives.Find out if you can claim
Our team of experts will support you all the way
Our Group Actions team is led by Christian Beadell and Francesca Paul. They are supported by Sion Wynne, and a dedicated team of talented medical negligence solicitors. The team forms part of a wider medical negligence department, with Peter Rigby at the helm. Our Group Actions team specialises in bringing forward collective clinical negligence claims against a single defendant, and have a track record of successfully securing compensation for our clients.
Director of Medical Negligence
Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.
Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations
Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.
Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.
Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.
Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department. She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.
Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work. She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people. Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.
One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area. Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.
Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council.
Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.
Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.
He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.
Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.
JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.
RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.
JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.
CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.
WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.