South Kent Hospitals trust has started making compensation offers to women allegedly harmed by treatment by gynaecologist Rodney Ledward.

Mr Ledward was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council after examination of his surgical record from 1989 to 1996.

The GMC based its verdict on 10 cases. But calls for a public inquiry into the care of up to 200 women treated by Mr Ledward have been made by South East Kent community health council.

Trust medical director Noel Padley said it was too early to estimate total compensation costs.

He said patients' cases could be assessed by the trust's solicitors, who could offer compensation without a claim being made, adding that the trust was working 'as fast as we can' to offer follow-up consultations to women treated by Mr Ledward.