11 January 2011
Family of deceased man receives £300k clinical negligence compensation
The family of a man who passed away during a drugs trial have been awarded a clinical negligence settlement of approximately £300,000.
Gary Foster, who was 27 years old, died after he was the victim of a blunder within the trial which saw him being prescribed twice the recommended amount of chemotherapy for testicular cancer on seven separate occasions, the Daily Mail reported.
The Essex man sustained fatal lung damage due to the negligence of professionals working for University College London Hospital - which is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK and manages six separate institutions - and he died some five months after the dosage in 2007.
An inquest into his death revealed that medical experts should have been more aware of Mr Foster's deteriorating condition before it was too late to save him, while the oversubscription was caused by an input error on the institution's computer system.
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