The family of a woman who passed away after contracting cervical cancer has been awarded a medical negligence compensation settlement of £800,000.
A High Court hearing ruled that Mark Phillips - husband to Debbie, who was 48 years old at the time of her death in February 2010 - should be given the sum following a 15-year ordeal in which doctors failed to spot his wife's fatal condition on seven separate occasions.
Mrs Phillips was subject to eight smear tests throughout the time period, but was only correctly diagnosed with cancer on the final one of those examinations - which are intended to spot the onset of cancer, not cure the disease - by which time it was too late to save her.
Consequently, the court stated that Mr Phillips should be awarded the sum on the grounds of serious professional negligence as it was clear his spouse had not been given the appropriate standard of care while she was ill.
"I realise these proceedings cannot help me … I am doing this for my children," he said.
Paul Sankey, clinical neglience partner at RJW, commented: "The devastating failings in Debbie Phillips' care have been catastrophic for her and her family. Sadly however their tragic story is far from unique. Recent research has suggested that 10,000 people per year die of undiagnosed cancer and the NHS National Patient Safety Agency has been trying to identify why these failures occur."
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Posted by Richard Saunders