A BBC documentary last night highlighted the pain suffered by patients of a disgraced Tayside surgeon.
Disclosure: Harmed By My Surgeon featured the testimonies of patients who were allegedly the victims of botched operations by Professor Muftah Salem Eljamel at Ninewells Hospital.
Mr Eljamel is the subject of several ongoing civil cases in relation to surgery carried out during his time with NHS Tayside.
Patrick Kelly, from Stobswell, Jennifer Galloway, of Anstruther, and Neil Anderson, from Broughty Ferry, have launched separate civil proceedings against the health board.
The actions, relating to treatment received from Mr Eljamel, have been lodged at the Court of Session, meaning they are all worth at least £100,000.
Multiple complaints have been raised against Mr Eljamel with many people claiming they have been left with long-term health issues as a result of being put in his care.
Fife woman Winnie Williamson claimed surgery by Mr Eljamel at Ninewells Hospital ended her 18-year dance career and left her with long-term health difficulties.
Mr Eljamel is understood to have left his home in Newport-on-Tay earlier this year and was previously the subject of an investigation by the General Medical Council (GMC).
The surgeon relinquished his licence to practice ahead of the hearing, with the GMC investigation subsequently collapsing.
After the collapse of a potential tribunal, Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors, which represents Mr Kelly, said: “It is an absolute disgrace.
“It makes a mockery of any notion that the GMC serves to protect the public.
“We have a man who has clearly done something wrong, the GMC thought there was enough in terms of primary investigations to take something forward, and he has simply put two fingers up to the investigations and to his victims.”
Mr Eljamel’s lawyer told the makers of the programme his client had no comment to make.