The police have opened an investigation in to medical care provided by Sudip Sarker, a colorectal surgeon who worked at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and the Worcestershire Royal Hospital. He worked at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust from August 2011 until he was suspended amid concerns over patient safety in October 2012.

The police investigation relates to the deaths of a number of people who were under the care of Mr Sarker, although the police have not revealed how many patients were involved. However, they have confirmed that they will be investigating the deaths of three patients who whose deaths were subject to a joint inquest which took place in December last year.

Mr Sarker worked as a consultant colorectal surgeon, specialising in keyhole surgery to treat colon cancer.

He is also being investigated by the General Medical Council, and he currently has restrictions placed on his practice. Mr Sarker was suspended after an earlier investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons, requested by the Trust. The medical records of all patients who had major surgery carried out by Mr Sarker have been reviewed as part of this.

The Trust has set up an email address and helpline number for patients who are concerned about the treatment they received. The number is01527 503812, open during normal working hours. There is also a dedicated e-mail address surgeryreview@worcsacute.nhs.uk

Patients who think they or a loved one may have suffered an injury because of negligent medical care provided by Mr Sarker should also seek legal advice on their options.