Recent information has come to light indicating nearly 700 patients have been paid damages by the NHS over a period of eight years after an all-clear for cancer was wrongly given by hospital staff. Over the course of the eight years this means around seven people every month are receiving the incorrect diagnosis.
The total number of patients who successfully brought compensation claims against the NHS amounted to 681. They received £44.6 million in compensation between them. The average amount paid to each individual was approximately £65,000 but this is indeed no more than an average figure. The real figures varied markedly. Some compensation to cancer patients amounted to nearly £1 million, while others received much less than this, depending on the severity of their case.
Cancer Research UK has also revealed that thousands of people every year are on the receiving end of a potentially poorer outlook as the disease isn’t diagnosed fast enough to receive prompt treatment. Some of those who sued may have had their lives cut short as a result of their cancer being missed. These alarming figures point out how many people have been through shocking situations as a result.
How often is cancer missed by the NHS?
Many thousands of people visit their GPs regularly and some do present with symptoms that could be attributed to cancer. In the vast majority of these cases prompt diagnosis and treatment is sought and provided.
In the grand scheme of things it is still exceptionally rare that someone would have their cancer missed, or that they would be wrongly-diagnosed in having it when in fact they do not. Typically we usually only hear about the times when things do go wrong, and these stories hit the headlines.
Do you want no-obligation advice following a similar incident?
As we can see from the many instances where compensation to cancer patients has been paid by the NHS, it is well worth investigating your own situation if you have been through something similar. AAH is here to support you in this respect, providing no-obligation advice via our free 24/7 enquiry line.
Call us now or opt for the 30-second online test initially, since this will provide you with an idea of whether you do indeed have a chance to claim compensation. Our professional injury compensation lawyers are here to help you.