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Bristol Investigation into Mr John Hutchinson Spinal Surgeon

John Hutchinson is a spinal orthopaedic surgeon who has previously worked at Spire Healthcare in Bristol and the North Bristol NHS Trust.

In December 2019, Spire Healthcare began a precautionary patient notification exercise that alerted patients of Mr Hutchinson about concerns they had identified with his practice. The Spire Healthcare website indicated that this notification exercise remains active. Mr Hutchinson is no longer practising at North Bristol NHS Trust and Spire Healthcare have since revoked his practising privileges.

On 19 April 2022, the GMC imposed interim conditions on Mr Hutchinson’s right to practice, including being closely supervised in all of his posts by a clinical supervisor.

The GMC is bringing a formal misconduct case against Mr Hutchinson at a hearing before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal which will consider Mr Hutchinson’s fitness to practice. The hearing is due to commence on 17 July 2023 and will consider the allegation that between 2014 and 2018, Mr Hutchinson failed to provide good clinical care to nine patients. The hearing will also consider allegations that on 17 occasions between 2015 and 2018, Mr Hutchinson claimed remuneration for procedures using incorrect coding which he knew would generate an overpayment.

Spinal Surgery Concerns

Mr John Hutchinson is a well-known spinal orthopaedic surgeon practising in the Bristol area. His special interests are listed as:

  • Complex Revision Spinal Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spinal decompression
  • Spine fracture surgery
  • Lumbar back surgery
  • Scoliosis surgery
  • Spinal deformity correction
  • Thoracic back surgery
  • Spinal deformity
  • Spine tumours and infections
  • Spine fractures and trauma
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Complex spinal disorders
  • Back Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Arthritis (Spine)
  • Sports-related spine injuries

It is believed that the procedures being investigated include scoliosis correction, fusion surgery and complex spinal surgery in particular. However, this initial investigation is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the potentially negligent procedures carried out by Mr John Hutchinson. It is believed that these procedures were carried out at the wrong level or were more extensive than deemed necessary.

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Freeths involvement in the investigation so far

We are instructed by a former patient of Mr John Hutchinson who has concerns about treatment they received and we are investigating a claim for damages on their behalf. Many will have received letters from Spire Hospital or the North Bristol Hospital Trust confirming that their care is under review and we urge anyone who has received this notification to reach out to us.

Why choose Freeths?

  • Our clinical negligence team is renowned for it’s expert knowledge. We will guide you through the process and will be with you every step of the way.
  • You can trust our lawyers to be sensitive, empathetic, and considerate.
  • Our experienced lawyers have dealt successfully with many spinal surgery claims.
  • We have a very successful track record of claiming compensation for medical negligence cases.
  • We offer free initial telephone advice, a free first interview and we can advise on funding.

Spinal surgery claims

We appreciate that undergoing any type of spinal procedure or surgery is a major moment in any person’s life. If a doctor fails to provide the proper standard of care, the patient may suffer an injury which could have significant and long-lasting consequences.

You may be left with a permanent injury or may require additional or more extensive surgery to repair the damage that has been caused. A patient may also face significantly longer recovery times. The Freeths Clinical Negligence team have dealt with this type of claim before and understand how difficult it can be to live with such complications. These can include inadequate patient consent, unnecessary surgery, avoidable injuries during the procedure.

If you have concerns about treatment, you or a loved one had under Mr John Hutchinson spinal surgeon, or about any spinal procedures you have undergone, then please contact our specialist lawyers for free initial advice.

How do I know if I can make a claim for treatment received by Mr John Hutchinson?

If you have received notification from either Spire Healthcare or North Bristol NHS Trust that your treatment is under investigation, then you may be entitled to make a claim.

If you have not received a letter, but still have concerns about the treatment provided by Mr John Hutchinson then you may be entitled to make a claim.

Please contact us for free initial advice and to discuss your experiences.

Was the treatment I was given appropriate?

The treatment offered by a doctor should be individual to each patient. You should have received tailored advice before any procedure, and you should have been made aware of the benefits and risks of treatment. Any alternative treatments should have been discussed with you prior to any procedure.

If you are concerned that you were not given sufficient information before your treatment or operation, you may be able to claim. Please contact us.

Mr John Hutchinson treated me years ago, can I still claim?

Please contact us and we will be able to consider your circumstances in more detail.

Will it cost me anything to make a claim?

We offer free initial advice, to establish whether you may have a claim.

If we confirm you may have a claim, then we may be able to offer you a “No Win No Fee” Agreement (known as a Conditional Fee Agreement).

How long does a medical negligence claim take?

As an average guideline, standard cases can take between 18 – 24 months to be settled, but this is by no means a definitive timeline. Every case is unique.

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