12 November 2009
Clinical negligence claim brought over alleged diagnostic failures
The widow of a man who died from renal cancer four years ago is seeking compensation from the hospital trust responsible for his care.
Ex-paramedic Michael Herod succumbed to the condition in March 2008 and his wife, Gillian Herod, accuses the Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust of diagnostic mistakes.
She alleges that cysts on the 59-year-old's kidney were first discovered in 1991 but they were said to be benign.
The trust - which serves a population of around 300,000 - denies this.
However, it accepts that test results it received in 2005 which revealed malignant cysts on a kidney and cancer in his lungs were not passed on for a year.
A spokesperson for the organisation said it is working closely with the NHS Litigation Authority to resolve the claim.
Meanwhile, commenting on the case, Ms Herod remarked: "Mike never received an apology and that really hurt," the BBC reports.
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