A black and white photograph of an operating theatre. Mr Daniel Hay is accused of causing unnecessary harm in surgeries like this.

Number of identified Daniel Hay cases could be ‘tip of the iceberg’

Numerous women treated by former Derby obstetrics and gynaecology surgeon, Daniel Hay, have raised shocking concerns regarding treatment they received from him. These concerns could merely be the tip of the iceberg, with potentially many more people suffering in silence.

But who is Daniel Hay?

Previously a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology, Daniel Hay is now retired. He worked as a consultant and surgeon in several Midlands hospitals throughout his career. These included Royal Derby Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre and Ripley Hospital.

Daniel Hay cases investigated

In early 2020, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust commenced an investigation into Daniel Hay’s surgeries following an ever-increasing number of complaints arising from his ex-patients.

As the number of women bringing forward these complaints grew, it became clear that Mr Hay had been negligent to his patients; unnecessarily harming many women.

An interim report in 2021 looked at the cases of almost 400 women who were under the care of Mr Hay between 2015 and 2018 before he left the Trust. The Trust will publish a full report later this year.

Results of the investigation

Daniel Hay can no longer treat women in the UK. He remains under investigation by the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England.

Tip of the iceberg?

Although the investigation centres upon Daniel Hay’s patients from Derby Royal Hospital and Ripley Hospital between 2015-2018, other women have raised concerns about the treatment they received from Mr Hay prior to this time.

The number of women who have already been brave enough to come forward perhaps does not reflect the full picture. In actual fact, the true extent of the harm is currently unknown. The nature of Daniel Hay’s procedures and fear of relived experiences sadly prevents women from reporting concerns.  

There is a time limit for bringing these cases and we recommend seeking early legal advice.

We urge anyone who suspects they received inappropriate treatment from Daniel Hay to contact us. We will discuss their potential concerns in confidence and try to provide answers they may have sought for years. We hope to work towards improved patient care in the future.  

How can Pryers help?

If you have received treatment from Mr Daniel Hay and believe you have been harmed we may be able to help. Pryers Solicitors are specialists in medical negligence, including gynaecology claims.

Please call us on 01904 556600 to speak with one of our medical negligence solicitors. Find out if we can help you claim compensation on a no win no fee basis, or send us an email.

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