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Norfolk hospital pays compensation for cancer misdiagnosis after patient dies (1 September 2015)

Date: 01/09/2015
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Norfolk hospital pays compensation for cancer misdiagnosis after patient dies

The James Paget Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (JPH) in Gorleston, Norfolk, has paid £1,250 in compensation to a patient’s family for misdiagnosis of cancer in a patient known only as Mr G.

Local publisher EDP24 reports that Mr G was referred to the trust’s pain team after he reported being in constant pain.

He was given different medications over the course of four months, but the pain did not ease. However, two months later Mr G was re-admitted to hospital, where further tests were carried out

He was diagnosed with lung cancer which had spread to his bones and he died around a month later.

The case story was highlighted in the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report – which contains several cases of poor NHS service in the region.

The Ombudsman found there were a number of occasions when a doctor should have seen Mr G, taken his full history – and arranged for an MRI scan.

Had this been done, the cancer would have been diagnosed sooner and Mr G would have been spared “unnecessary pain and suffering”.

As well as paying compensation, JPH says the trust has developed an action plan to show how they have learned from the case. The trust has also apologised to Mr G’s family, as well as responding to the Ombudsman’s report.

Duncan Lewis Clinical Negligence Solicitors

Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors can advise patients who have suffered injury as a result of cancer misdiagnosis on how to make a no win no fee claim for compensation.

Clinical negligence claims have to be made within three years of when misdiagnosis became evident – children can claim clinical negligence compensation up to the age of 21.

In cases where a loved one has tragically lost their life as a result of cancer misdiagnosis, Duncan Lewis offers sympathetic and expert legal advice to bereaved families on how to claim compensation.

For expert legal advice on no win no fee Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims, call Duncan Lewis clinical negligence solicitors on 020 7923 4020.

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