Frances Perks, one of Paterson’s victims, hopes he ‘rots in hell’Credit:Andrew Fox The trial heard that Paterson, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, who treated thousands of patients during his career, exaggerated or invented cancer risks and claimed payments for more expensive procedures in some cases.The Government inquiry – involving senior doctors – would examine how the surgeon was able to practice for years, even though he had been repeatedly warned by NHS managers not to use techniques which left women at risk of cancer.Mr Hunt said: “The conviction of Ian Paterson, and recent disclosures about the seriousness and extent of his malpractice, are profoundly shocking. A highly qualified medical professional, with a duty of care for his patients, totally neglected that duty and instead performed unnecessary procedures on a huge number of women.“As a result I have agreed that, if returned to Government, we will hold a comprehensive and focused inquiry to ensure that any lessons are learnt in the interests of ensuring patients are protected in future.”The inquiry will be an early priority for a Conservative Government, sources said.The Health Secretary said: “We will take any testimony from those affected, their families, and others who may wish to come forward.”Some patients have called for a full public inquiry into how the malpractice went unchecked for years.But Government sources said there was concern that lessons were learned quickly and changes made to prevent rogue surgeons slipping through the net.The Crown Court trial heard accounts from 10 victims – representing a sample of those Paterson treated – operated on between 1997 and 2011 at the privately-run Little Aston and Parkway hospitals in the West Midlands.Jurors were not told Paterson had carried out hundreds of unnecessary operations on NHS patients, with Heart of England Trust, paying out almost £18m in damages and legal costs.The surgeon, who qualified in 1981, carried out “extensive, life-changing operations for no medically-justifiable reason” Nottingham Crown Court heard. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Jeremy Hunt said the case of Ian Paterson was ‘shocking’Credit:PA His motives were “obscure” but may have included a desire to “earn extra money” jurors heard.Paterson routinely lied to and manipulated patients, colleagues and his bosses while carrying out disfiguring, dangerous procedures, the court heard.The surgeon, who lives in Altrincham, Gtr Manchester, had been suspended from another trust, the Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, when he started working for Heart of England in March 1998.As a result of his work, he owned a luxury home in Birmingham’s Edgbaston area, numerous properties in Cardiff and Manchester and a holiday home in the U.S. The surgeon carried out more than 1,200 experimental “’cleavage saving mastectomies” for the NHS. Since having the operations, which failed to remove suffiicent tissue, 675 of the patients have died. Other women underwent needless and botched procedures.Frances Perks, who endured nine needless operations and 27 biopsies after being given a false diagnosis branded him “a psychopath” while another left mutilated said he had a “God complex”.A teenage girl told how she was left looking as if she had been in a “car crash” after having a mastectomy she did not need. Paterson faces prison when he will be sentenced next month. Jeremy Hunt has pledged to hold a major inquiry into the “profoundly shocking” malpractice by a “God complex” surgeon who butchered hundreds of women.The Health Secretary said that if the Government is returned to power, it will open an investigation into the conduct of breast surgeon Ian Paterson, 59, who was allowed to operate for more that a decade after concerns were raised.The inquiry would take testimony from hundreds of patients and bereaved families, in an attempt to establish how the rogue surgeon was allowed to prey on women for decades, carrying out hundreds of needless and botched operations.Paterson was last week convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding involving 10 patients, and awaits sentencing.The NHS has already settled more than 250 claims, but lawyers believe the total number of victims at private and NHS hospitals is likely to exceed 1,000.