Trust fined for ‘failing’ woman

Leeds General Infirmary, which is ran by the Trust.''''Picture: Ross Parry
Leeds General Infirmary, which is ran by the Trust.''''Picture: Ross Parry
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LEEDS TEACHING Hospitals NHS Trust was ordered to pay £1,000 to the daughter of a woman who suffered “unnecessary pain” while dying of lung cancer.

The case was one of more than 160 investigations from October and November last year, published today by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman - nine of which took place in Yorkshire.

The report said the woman, identified only as Mrs M, did not get adequate pain relief and the Trust did not fully acknowledge failings in its care.

Mrs M was initially seen by Bradford Teaching Hospitals, who investigated her failing health over several months but did not diagnose cancer and discharged her.

Advanced lung cancer was later diagnosed by the Leeds trust, which discharged her to a hospice where she died.

The ombudsman found no failings by the Bradford trust, but said the woman “suffered unnecessary, pain, distress and loss of dignity” due to the failings in nursing care by the Leeds Trust.

Chief nurse and deputy chief executive of the Trust, Suzanne Hinchliffe, said it “sincerely regretted” that the care fell short of its usual high standards, and said it had put an action plan to learn from what happened.

The Trust had apologised to Mrs M’s daughter for the distress caused, she added.

In a separate report by the Medical Defence Union, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals was found to have paid out more money in compensation awards in 2013/14 than any other English hospital trust. The report said the Leeds trust paid out £22.4m, the equivalent of more than 750 nurses.

A Trust spokesperson said the amount, which was paid about by the NHS Litigation Authority, reflected the size of the Trust, which is the largest outside of London.

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