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Legal firms report surge in calls after hospital scandal
LEGAL firms are reporting a sharp rise in calls about negligence claims in the wake of the cancer scandal at Colchester General Hospital.
The Care Quality Commission revealed earlier this month staff were altering figures to cover up missed cancer treatment targets.
It prompted an investigation by the police, NHS and health watchdog Monitor.
Colchester firms have seen a surge in calls over the scandal, as has Gotolee, based in Ipswich, and Slater and Gordon, from London.
However, solicitors say proving hospital negligence can be a long and difficult process.
Naomi Eady, of Colchester firm Thompson Smith and Puxon, said: “While the hospital is facing a barrage of negative publicity, it is difficult to say what their financial liability will be in terms of patient compensation.
“If it can be established a patient’s cancer treatment was unreasonably delayed, and this delay caused extra pain and suffering, the trust may be liable to compensate the patient.
“Similarly, if the unreasonably delayed treatment has caused death, the deceased’s family can make a claim based on the dependency on their lost loved one for financial support as well as care and services.
“Compensation is based on the level and extent of the pain, suffering and loss sustained, so the amount of damages can vary hugely.”
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