Group of Patients Initiate Claim for Negligent Hysterectomies

Seven women have made claims for compensation against a gynaecologist who was recently determined negligent in his actions by the Irish Medical Council.

The patients were all treated by Dr Peter van Greene, who used to work at the Aut Even Hospital a private facility in Kilkenny, between 2009 and 2011. Dr van Greene was recently before the Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee, which found that he was guilty of two counts of poor professional performance. However, the claims made by the women – each for negligent hysterectomies – were made before this hearing.

Helen Cruise and three other anonymous women were amongst those who made claims against the doctor. When Helen’s hysterectomy was carried out, it was done without her informed consent. Since the operation, Helen has been suffering from bouts of depression.

Speaking at the Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee, Helen alleged that the procedure – including the long-term effects and any risks – were only detailed after she had been administered with a spinal anaesthetic. Six units of blood needed to Helen after the procedure, as she was bleeding excessively.

Evidence was also given at the hearing of how Dr van Greene had applied for bankruptcy in the United Kingdom, as he is currently unemployed. His most recent place of employment was the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, where he worked as investigations into his conduct was being carried out.

However, despite his declaration of bankruptcy, the women making claims against him should still be able to claim for compensation. Any settlements that will be awarded will be paid for by Dr van Greene’s medical indemnity insurance company.