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Roger Bainton clinical negligence update: Have you been affected?

Karen Reynolds of Freeths LLP is a specialist Clinical Negligence Lawyer and has 20 years experience of settling complex clinical negligence claims. Her team are now acting on behalf of over 50 patients who have been badly affected by Mr Bainton’s poor practices.

Roger Bainton qualified as a doctor in 1977 and has been an NHS Consultant since 1990. He has been on the GMC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist List since 3 July 1996.

In March 2000 the BBC reported that Mr Bainton had been severely reprimanded by the General Medical Council (“GMC”) after being found guilty of “serious professional misconduct”. He was suspended from practicing for 12 months following the death of a patient under his care at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1995. Following his reprimand, Mr Bainton’s contract of employment with Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was terminated.

In 2004 Mr Bainton was appointed as a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (“UHNS”). Mr Bainton was suspended from his position at the UHNS on 1 February 2013, after concerns were raised by his colleagues and following an investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust initially recalled 88 of Mr Bainton’s patients, who were offered an appointment to review their treatment. A statement released by the Trust following this review revealed that Mr Bainton:

  • Failed to use conservative treatment approaches;
  • Did not consult with his colleagues from a range of different disciplines;
  • Had caused many patients to have open surgery where more conservative non-surgical measures should have been adopted;
  • Had caused damage to many patients as a result of use of outdated procedures; and
  • Had caused damage to many patients “off licence” and unapproved use of an artificial bone substitute DBX.


Karen and her team have been investigating over 50 claims against Mr Bainton.

Some of the team’s clients have been examined by independent medical experts, who have confirmed that Mr Bainton’s treatment was negligent. Some of these patients had been previously reviewed by the Trust and advised that they had received acceptable treatment.

One of the cases in the Group Action has settled, and the client involved has been compensated for the damage and loss caused by Mr Bainton’s negligent treatment.

Karen and her team believe that many others may have suffered significant damage at the hands of Mr Bainton. If you believe that you, or a loved one, have received negligent treatment from Mr Bainton at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire or the North Midlands Hospital Trust, or elsewhere, we may be able to help you.

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the date of publication and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.
Karen Reynolds

Author: Karen Reynolds

Partner & Head of Clinical Negligence for Derby, West Midlands & North West

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