A five-year-old boy is to be handed £2.6 million in compensation after mismanagement led to serious birth injuries.
Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust - which was formed following the merger of the Ashford Hospital and St Peter's Hospital NHS Trusts in 1998 - has agreed to pay the sum as the child now suffers from cerebral palsy after his brain was starved of oxygen during his delivery in 2006, Get Surrey reports.
On top of the multi-million pound lump sum, the boy will also receive tax-free annual payments of up to £290,000, which will be used to cover care costs for the remainder of his life.
Mr Justice Butterfield adjudged that the hospital's management of the situation resulted in the birth being delayed and Martin Porter, QC for the NHS, said it is appropriate "I repeat that apology and say that the trust is very sorry that the standard of care was not that which [the child] and his mother were entitled to".
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Posted by Francesca Witney