03 February 2009
NHS trust to offer compensation to wife of legionnaires' disease victim
An NHS trust is to pay compensation to a woman whose husband died after contracting legionnaires' disease.
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted a breach of duty in relation to the fatality but is unable to agree to a level of compensation, Eastbourne Today reports.
Leukaemia patient Paul Duncan was staying at Eastbourne District General Hospital when he contracted the disease, which is a potentially fatal form of pneumonia.
According to a high court writ, the 41-year-old came into contact with legionella bacteria while using showers on his ward.
His widow, Clare, is now seeking damages of more than £125,000, claiming that the trust failed to clean and chlorinate showerheads properly.
A spokesperson for East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We would like reiterate our sincere condolences to Mr Duncan's family for their sad loss.
"We are currently in negotiations with the family's representatives to bring this matter to a conclusion."
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