Ian Paterson victim tells Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'I was just a hobby, he was playing god'

Ian Paterson victim tells Julia Hartley-Brewer: 'I was just a hobby, he was playing god'

Surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed (Stock image)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A victim of Ian Paterson has said that she was just a hobby and he was playing god.

Paterson, who has worked for both the NHS and the private sector, has been jailed for 15 years for carrying out unnecessary breast surgery.

Cheryl Iommi, who was operated on several times by the surgeon and was left with a disfigured breast, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that she has to look at her body every day, whereas Paterson doesn't care and probably doesn't even remember her.

She said what he has done is unforgivable and he hasn't even shown anyone any remorse.

Iommi believes those working at a higher level than Paterson would have known about what he was doing and they must have closed their eyes on the issue.

She also said Paterson's behaviour differed according to his behaviour. When she saw Paterson on the NHS, she thought he came across as arrogant and horrible, but when he was working in the private sector he was far more tolerable.

Listen to the full interview above