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NHS pays £100,000 a day to compensate people scarred for life in hospital errors

John Halliday lost his leg after doctors took too long to spot an infection

John Halliday 

In 2013, grandfather John Halliday won a £1.5million out-of-court settlement after he lost his leg due to a hospital blunder.

Doctors at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust took 10 days to spot that the 60-year-old had septic arthritis in his ankle which caused a devastating infection, which spread to his lungs, spine and kidneys. 

Eventually Mr Halliday, who was left confined to a wheelchair, needed a leg amputation to limit the spread of the illness around his body. 

Ian Watts 

In 2004, Ian Watts, a butcher from Rochester had to have his leg amputated after what he claimed was a series of medical failures.

Mr Watts was awarded £250,000 in compensation by Medway NHS Foundation Trust. He was initially admitted to Medway Maritime Hospital in July 2004 suffering from an infection in his little toe. 

Mr Watts, a diabetic, claimed the loss of his leg was due to a combination of shoddy nursing practice and the hospital’s failure to properly control his disease.

Michael Stephenson won an undisclosed sum of money after claiming an infection after hip surgery was not treated properly

Michael Stephenson won an undisclosed sum of money after claiming an infection after hip surgery was not treated properly

Michael Stephenson  

In 2015, father-of-three Michael Stephenson won an undisclosed payout after he had to have his entire left leg amputated after suffering an infection following hip surgery. 

Lawyers on behalf of Mr Stephenson claimed the care he received from North Bristol NHS Trust was negligent in that they could have monitored him more closely after the operation to stop the infection spreading.

Colin Fortune  

Colin Fortune, who was already blind in one eye after a sporting accident, received a £2million payout after a hospital failed to properly monitor and treat him for problems in his other eye. 

Mr Fortune was diagnosed with glaucoma in his good eye but a number of appointments to check his condition were cancelled. 

Eventually he had an operation at the Royal Liverpool Hospital in a last-chance attempt to save his sight, but he ended up losing the vision in his remaining eye.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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