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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: a breast cancer surgeon accused of playing god with people's lives is found guilty of carrying out completely unnecessary operations on hundreds of women. the scars i thought were there for a badge of honour, and now because he has mutilated me. i've been through this for nothing. a south korean news agency has reported that north korea has fired a ballistic missile, but us government sources say the test appears to have failed. britain's economic growth slowed sharply in the first three months of the year, growing byjust 0.3%. a rapturous welcome for president trump on the eve of his 100th day in office, as he addressed america's powerful gun lobby, the national rifle association. and on newsnight, as donald trump
marks 100 days in the white house, we asked what he has done to justify the hopes and fears he brought with him to washington. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a breast cancer surgeon has been found guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations at private and nhs hospitals in the west midlands. nottingham crown court heard that 59—year—old ian paterson lied to patients, and exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer, to convince them to go under the knife. the charges related to nine women and one man, but there are hundreds of other victims. police say it is still not clear why he did it. he was bailed today,
and will be sentenced next month. 0ur health correspondent sophie hutchinson reports. surgeon ian paterson, described as charismatic and charming, but who lied to his patients in order to deliberately wound them on the operating table, pretending they were at risk of cancer when they were not. today, some of his victims, who thought the surgeon was saving their lives, showed their relief after the jury at nottingham crown court found paterson guilty of 17 counts of deliberately harming patients. i've been left physically damaged, ifeel like i've been mutilated. all this just for nothing. all the scars i thought were there because they were a badge of honour are now because he's mutilated me. and, you know, i've been through this for nothing. paterson was also found guilty of three counts of unlawful wounding, but why he did it remains a mystery. so you're convinced, are you,
this was him trying to play god, in a way, with patients‘ lives? that's the way that some of the patients have described his actions. as i say, i really don't know what his true motivation was. certainly financial motivation was something that's featured doing the investigation and the trial. unless he tells us what his motivation was, we'll never know. doing the trial, the jury heard how ian paterson told patients they needed to have lumps or entire breasts removed. but expert witnesses told the court the risk was nonexistent or greatly exaggerated, and that no reasonable surgeon would have acted in the way paterson did. one of those experts was professor philip drew, who says he has been deeply affected by the evidence he examined. i can't understand it. it's distressing to even think about it, that someone would deliberately mislead a patient, and submit them to effectively deforming surgery, for no good reason. professor drew had previously met
paterson, and says he seemed warm and credible, and that patients had thought him wonderful. it made him think of another notorious doctor. shipman was bizarre, and paterson is bizarre, in that they both were deliberately harming people. and again, i think you have to understand the whole mindset of the medical profession is that that is so wrong that it doesn't even occur to you that it would happen. it's just so wrong. i mean, so i think both of them demonstrated some degree of almost psychopathic approach to the care for their patients. this case revolved around paterson's work at two private hospitals in the west midlands, at spire little aston, in sutton coldfield, and spire parkway, in solihull. he also worked as a surgeon at the nhs—run solihull hospital, where he treated hundreds more patients. the nine women and one man whose treatment was at the centre of the case here were chosen from a sample group of around 200 patients.
but we may never know the true number of those harmed by paterson over a long career in the private sector and the nhs, he treated thousands of patients. one of them, francis perks, underwent a series of operations, including a mastectomy. all of them unnecessary. how can anybody, in their right mind, how can they do that to people? i just find it unbelievable. how he's made us all suffer. and people, as well, who've lost their lives. that's pure evil to me, pure evil. the news of the guilty verdict came this afternoon, as some of the women treated by the surgeon attended a fundraiser for cancer patients. their relief was clear. paterson left court today with his daughters, after being granted bail
before sentencing next month. but the man who mutilated so many has been warned he is likely to face a prison sentence. sophie hutchinson, bbc news, nottingham crown court. ian paterson's conviction came more than 20 years after concerns were first raised about his operating practices. he was suspended by one hospital as long ago as 1996, only to find employment with another nhs trust. 0ur health editor hugh pym looks at why he was allowed to go on operating for so long, and what lessons the nhs should learn. the heart of england nhs trust, which runs solihull hospital, was severely criticised over its handling of ian paterson and complaints against him. an official report highlighted poor performance, what it described as weak and indecisive leadership, and a culture of secrecy. sir ian kennedy, who carried out the review in 2013, told the bbc the nhs still had many lessons to learn. there's a very significant need for training in leadership amongst senior executives, so that they can
take on the powerful, charismatic, charming, apparently highly successful operator, and address, with the right level of moral courage, what's going on. the kennedy review set out the timetable, and a series of warnings and failings. back in 1996, ian paterson was suspended by a previous employer. but in 1998, he was appointed at the heart of england nhs trust. in 2004, an internal report on his conduct was ignored. there were further warnings, but it was not until 2011 that he was excluded by the trust, and 6112 patients were recalled. the following year, he was suspended by the regulator, the general medical council. the review author says there is a clear message
for the boards of nhs trusts. they need to look at their culture, to see whether it's interested and putting at the forefront the care of patients, rather than the care of the staff, looking after the buildings, managing the money. they‘ re all important, but the most important is the patient. paterson's victims weren'tjust in the nhs. jade was just 16 when she was referred privately to the surgeon. herfamily had health insurance. she had four operations, removing lumps from her breasts. later, she was told that three of them were unnecessary. it's anger, it's sad, it's shock. you can't believe that a man of his kind of calibre has put somebody through something like that, so unnecessarily. questions have been raised about the level of scrutiny in private hospitals. 0ne senior surgeon told me the private sector still had work to do. no matter what the quality of surgery is in the private sector, there is much less observation
going on, and much less recording of detail, than there is in the nhs. health service practices have been tightened, with surgeons working in teams who can hold them to account. the nhs trust and the private hospitals where ian paterson worked have apologised, but legal action has been launched by some victims of the rogue surgeon. more may yet come forward. hugh pym, bbc news. police investigating an active terrorist plot carried out an armed raid in london last night. 0ne terrorist plot carried out an armed raid in london last night. one woman was shot and seriously injured. six others have been arrested. the metropolitan police say they are trying to contain a growing number of threats. 0ur trying to contain a growing number of threats. our home affairs correspondent reports. just before 7pm last night...
gunshot. ..masked armed police officers at a north london flat... gunshots. ..firing cs gas canisters into the front window. i ran to my partner in the kitchen and was like, "quick, quick, there's armed officers outside, armed officers. at that point you heard another bang, and another bang. video obtained by the sun shows some of those arrested in the flat being led away, and then a woman who was shot by police during the counter—terrorism raid being treated on the pavement. there was a woman brought out of the house. she was on the ground, face down, officers on top of her, ambulance officers around. she was screaming incredibly loud. it was quite awful. and the police were just saying, if you could just stay still, we'll help you. you just need to be still and we'll help you. police said the flat had been under observation in an investigation into a suspected plot against the uk. the armed entry was necessary due to the nature of the intelligence we were dealing with, and involved armed officers firing cs gas into the address.
during the course of that operation, one of the subjects, a woman, was shot by police. she remains in hospital. in all, six people were arrested, including one in kent. three women, two men, and a 16—year—old boy. and that doesn't include the woman in hospital, who will be arrested once she is well enough. and the extraordinary events here last night came just a few hours after the arrest of a man in whitehall, just a few yards from downing street. he is khalid mohammed 0mar ali, the bbc exclusively revealed today. he is still being held on suspicion of terrorism, and carrying knives. he is not linked to last night's arrests. khalid mohammed 0mar ali is 27. he is british, but was born overseas, and went to school in tottenham, in north london. he was arrested after being stopped and searched in what police called an intelligence—led operation, which included a tip—off from family members. it is very difficult for the police and security services, as hard as they work, to keep ahead
of the terrorist threat. they depend hugely on cooperation from the public. there are many cases in which the first leads have been given by the public, and those leads have led to developed intelligence. that is the way in which terrorists are caught. this afternoon, police could be seen at a north london property linked to ali, where forensics officers were searching the garden. seven years ago, he was involved in a controversial convoy delivering aid to gaza. tonight, he is still in custody, but has not yet been charged. some newsjust in: the south korean news agency has reported that north korea has fired a ballistic missile. 0ur correspondentjoins us live now
from new york. what are you hearing? well, the information isjust coming m, well, the information isjust coming in, and a lot of it came from south korea. the military said the north koreans had test fired another missile north of the capital. the newsagency followed that up and said it looked as though that test via failed, that the missile exploded shortly after it fired. they are still trying to determine what kind of missile it was and how far it flew and officials in the united states are saying that early indications are that it failed. they have been tracking the missile launch and try and figure out what kind of missile that was. there have been questions that president trump hasn't yet responded. secretary of state tillerson was talking to the security council about this kind of action, saying it had to stop in the
current sanctions are pros wasn't working. he outlined steps to tighten sanctions and isolate north korea diplomatically, but this is clearly the response that the north korean regime has made to this attempt by the americans to really step up the international pressure against north korea. and at a time when, on the korean peninsula, that tensions are rising and there is a fear of further escalation. yes, there is a fear of escalation because the north koreans continued to carry out these tests, and because the americans have been unusually tough in their rhetoric, and they have been quite ready to say that they would take military action if they felt it was necessary. now, ithink action if they felt it was necessary. now, i think the kind of action the north koreans would take, to make the americans take that calculation, would be quite different from missile test. the americans would be worried that the north koreans would be able to hit them, but the homeland, with a nuclear warhead in a couple of yea rs' nuclear warhead in a couple of years' time so it would be careful about responding with a military
strike unless they really felt threatened but they have certainly said they are serious about making sure that that is not going to become possible, and that they do hold that option if they feel they need it. in the meantime they want to pursue a programme of economically and dramatically squeezing north korea, trying to force it to come to a point where it is willing to give up its weapons, 01’ is willing to give up its weapons, or at least come to the negotiating table on terms the americans could accept. now on bbc news, it is time for newsnight. 100 days in office, so many accomplishments. lowered my golf handicap, my twitter following increased by 700. and, finally, we can shooot hibernating bears. my boys will love that. tomorrow donald trump marks 100 days in the white house. what has he done to justify the hopes — and the fears — that he brought to washington?
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