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Compensation Awarded Following Cancer Misdiagnosis

A man has been awarded what is thought to be substantial compensation after his wife died when her cancer was incorrectly diagnosed as an ear infection, reports the Mirror.

Kathleen Howe attended a hospital in Aberystwyth in 2010 after suffering dizzy spells, but was told by the consultant that she had an infection commonly known as ‘swimmer's ear’ and was given ear drops to treat it.

She attended the hospital four more times, but it was only after she was referred to a second hospital that she was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 2012.

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Greater Protection for Patients

The Scottish Parliament has published details of new measures that are designed to improve the safety and rights of patients.

These provisions are contained in a new Health Bill, which includes measures to create a statutory Duty of Candour that would apply to all health and social care organisations.

This would place a duty on organisations to be open when a patient has suffered unintended harm during a period of treatment or care. The Bill also provides for support for all involved, and training for any staff involved in responding to an incident.

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Penrose Inquiry Publishes Final Report

The Penrose Inquiry, which was announced by the Scottish Government in 2008, has now published its final report.

Lord Penrose chaired the inquiry, which looked in detail at how patients were infected with hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS through blood transfusions and other procedures carried out at NHS hospitals from 1974 onwards.

Following the publication of the report, Health Secretary Shona Robison has apologised on behalf of the NHS and Government in Scotland to all patients and families affected by infected NHS blood and blood products in Scotland during the 1970s and 1980s.

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Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry Report Published

The report of the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry has now been published, and has revealed that serious personal and systemic failures contributed to the deaths of 34 patients from Clostridium difficile infection (CDI).

The Inquiry, chaired by the Rt Hon Lord MacLean, found that 143 patients tested positive for CDI at Vale of Leven Hospital during the period January 2007 to 31st December 2008, and CDI was a factor in the death of 34 of those patients.

The report makes 75 recommendations including recommendations on infection prevention and control, nursing and medical care, antibiotic prescribing, communication with patients and relatives, and death certification.

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Report Highlights Patient Safety Risks in Private Hospitals

Patients undergoing operations in private hospitals may be put at risk from inadequate equipment, lack of intensive care beds, unsafe staffing arrangements, and poor medical record-keeping, according to a new report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI).

The report reveals that over 800 people have died unexpectedly in private hospitals in England during the last four years. Unlike in the NHS, private hospitals are not required to make data on hospital deaths publicly available, which can make it difficult for the public to understand how safe these hospitals are.

The CHPI report is the first to bring together what is known about patient safety in private hospitals in England. It found that:

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