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Hospitals Offer Compensation for Errors in Treatment to Twenty-Seven Cancer Patients

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 by Medical Negligence

Two NHS hospitals are offering compensation for errors in treatment to twenty-seven cancer patients, whose health was compromised by a consultant urologist who failed to carry out established and recognised cancer treatments.

The Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has made the offer of compensation for errors in treatment to twenty-seven patients who attended the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill and the Spire Gatwick Park Hospital in Horley between 2006 and 2013.

The offer follows an investigation into consultant urologist Paul Millar and more than 1,200 patients he treated while employed by the two hospitals. The investigation was launched after fellow consultants and specialist nurses voiced concerns to hospital authorities.

The investigation concluded that Miller had not “followed the advice of multi-disciplinary teams in carrying out established and recognised cancer treatments” and a review was initiated into the healthcare he had provided to patients suffering from bladder and prostate cancer.

The review found twenty-seven cases in which patients had suffered avoidable side effects or the unnecessary progression of their disease due to the treatments they were given and Millar´s contract of employment was terminated. There is also a high likelihood of the cancer returning for these patients.

All of the patients whose cases were reviewed in the investigation are being sent letters informing them that their medical records were included in the investigation, but those to the twenty-seven affected by Mr Millar´s negligence include a request to get in touch with the NHS Trust “to enable compensation to be considered and paid”.

The Trust´s Medical Director – Des Holden – acknowledged that the letters will be deeply distressing to the twenty-seven patients and their families. He said that the care provided by the consultant urologist was below the hospital´s standards and he apologised to those who had suffered an avoidable injury or the deterioration of their condition.

The Trust´s Chief Executive – Michael Wilson – added “Without a shadow of a doubt we apologise unreservedly for the care these patients experienced”. He added a helpline had been set up for concerned patients and their families (0808 168 7754) and that the telephone lines will be open from Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 7:00pm.

Patients and their families who have questions about how much compensation for errors in treatment they might be entitled to should call our 24-hour medical negligence claims assessment service.