A pensioner has been awarded a total of £60,000 after he made a successful medical negligence claim against a hospital.
According to the Essex Echo, the anonymous 74-year-old man underwent major clinical surgery in April 2007 at Basildon Hospital - part of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust, which was one of the first ten such organisations created in the UK - in order to attempt to solve a chronic bowel condition.
The unnamed patient had his colon and rectum removed during the procedure and contracted the superbug MRSA while he was kept in the medical facility following his operation.
However, it was later found that the pensioner did not even have to go under the knife because his illness could have been effectively treated with medication, while his representatives indicated that his care after he contracted MRSA was unsatisfactory.
As a result, the claimant was awarded £59,000 for the fact that the operation itself was unnecessary and a further £1,000 for his ordeal afterwards.
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Posted by Richard Saunders