01 September 2008
Breast cancer sufferer to receive compensation over clinical negligence
A breast cancer sufferer who was not contacted by a hospital after tests revealed she had early stage breast cancer is to receive an undisclosed sum in compensation.
Ann Morris underwent a test at mobile breast screening service run by Addenbrooke's Hospital in 2002.
When the hospital did not get back to her, she assumed she had been given the all-clear, the Hunts Post reports.
However, two years later, the 57-year-old mother of two went to her doctor concerned over a lump in her breast.
Subsequent hospital tests revealed she had cancer in her breast and her lymph nodes and she has now been given between six months and four-and-a-half years to live.
Ms Morris was also told that the tests she had received in 2002 showed early cancer.
She stated: "I realise now, too late, that you simply cannot assume that no news is good news when you have health tests."
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer is now the most common form of cancer in Britain.