11 June 2010
Compensation issued in case of clinical negligence
Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been paid in compensation to the family of a man who suffered fatal brain and head injuries but was left untreated in Royal Oldham Hospital.
In a case of clinical negligence, Arnold Siddal from Failsworth was allowed to walk out of the facility and wander around its grounds for 12 hours before the police found him, the Manchester Evening News reports.
He died two days later.
According to the news source, an inquest into his death found an ambulance triage nurse did not note that Mr Siddal had suffered a head injury on medical records, instead stating he appeared drunk.
As a result, Pennine Acute Trust, which also runs hospitals in Bury, Rochdale and north Manchester, apologised to his family and paid them a five-figure sum in compensation.
His head injuries were sustained after he was pushed to the pavement outside the Lock bar in a row over noise levels in the establishment.
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