Victory: mum wins £7.1m payout for son left disabled by hospital

Victory: mum wins £7.1m payout for son left disabled by hospital

Victory: mum wins £7.1m payout for son left disabled by hospital

First published in News

A BOURNEMOUTH mother is celebrating a massive £7.1million payout from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital after it admitted liability for her son’s disabilities.

Clare Scott, 36, spent almost 14 years locked in a legal battle with the hospital that delivered her first-born son Charlie in 1998.

Despite a normal pregnancy, complications at his birth led to Charlie being diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic hemiplegic athetoid cerebral palsy.

The hospital has admitted his brain injury would have been avoided if they had cared for Clare properly during her labour.

Now 14, Charlie cannot talk, sit up properly or drink by himself and will need care for the rest of his life but is an intelligent and fun-loving boy who enjoys playing with his four younger brothers, Spencer, Harrison, Austin and Willis.

Clare said she realised something was wrong the minute Charlie was born. “He was white, the colour of a piece of paper.

“All his extremities were blue, his lips, fingernails, everything. The midwife who delivered him left the room and they telephoned the flying squad in Poole.

“It was 55 minutes before he breathed on his own, it all kind of happened in slow motion.”

Charlie spent the next month in special care in Poole Hospital and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was six or seven months old.

It’s believed the umbilical cord had been wrapped around Charlie’s shoulders and squashed completely for 20 minutes.

If the midwives had noticed a problem sooner Clare could have gone to Poole for an emergency Caesarean section but Clare was not properly monitored.

“If they had transferred me the odds are it would never have happened.

“They had procedures in place for emergencies but basically none of it ever happened.”

She said her clinical negligence award will be used to buy Charlie specialist equipment and will provide him with a secure future.

“I adore Charlie but life is very hard,” she said.

“He needs constant care and attention. We decided to take action against the hospital when he was nine months old because I knew that something had happened to make him disabled.

“I did it because I want him to be looked after in the future. Social services are brilliant, however every time we need something we have to be assessed and it’s so drawn out. I wanted to be able to say ‘Charlie needs a new wheelchair, let’s go and get him one.’ The hospital admitted liability in 2010 and agreed a settlement last October. Clare said: “It was a really weird feeling. It was just so strange to know that after all that time and all the fighting and the appointments with medics, experts and consultants that that was it.

“We never really discussed how much we might get because nobody really knew.

“To be perfectly honest no amount of compensation makes up for the disability but it’s security and it makes me feel better to know that when I can’t look after him anymore, I will be able to put something else in place.

“My message to others would be don’t give up, no matter how hard it gets.”

Paula Shobbrook, director of nursing and midwifery, said: “We apologise sincerely to Charles and his family for the level of care that they received.

“Since 2010 we have been working together to reach agreement to provide compensation to Charles and his family for Charles’ injuries and provide Charles with some security and the care he requires for the future.”

The Trust admitted in October 2010 that the standard of care afforded to Charles’ mother during the course of her labour and his delivery fell below an acceptable standard.

Had an appropriate standard of care been provided, Charles’ brain injury would have been avoided.

Charlie was represented by Carol Maunder, head of Dutton Gregory solicitors specialist clinical negligence department.

She said that she was delighted with the result that was “well deserved by such a lovely young man”.

She confirmed that once the Trust had admitted liability, they made a number of substantial interim payments which “immediately improved Charlie’s quality of life”.

The final award was approved by the court on October 9 for the amount of £7.1million.

A large proportion of Charlie’s award will be received on an annual periodical payment basis – similar to a pension – to ensure that Charlie continues to receive a suitable 24-hour care package for the rest of his life.

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9:34am Wed 9 Jan 13

oneshortleg says...

Firstly I wish Clare, Charlie and the family all the best for the future. This should have been resolved years ago, the problem is solicitors dragging out cases such as this to make more money, it happens every day. The laws need to be changed to reduce the time it takes to resolve compensation cases.
Firstly I wish Clare, Charlie and the family all the best for the future. This should have been resolved years ago, the problem is solicitors dragging out cases such as this to make more money, it happens every day. The laws need to be changed to reduce the time it takes to resolve compensation cases. oneshortleg
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9:43am Wed 9 Jan 13

Marcus James says...

Disgusting that this has taken 14 years to resolved. Thankfully this child will now be safe and secure and receive the care he will require for life.
Knowing what solicitors charge for each letter they send, read and write, I dread to imagine what the legal costs of this case must be.
Disgusting that this has taken 14 years to resolved. Thankfully this child will now be safe and secure and receive the care he will require for life. Knowing what solicitors charge for each letter they send, read and write, I dread to imagine what the legal costs of this case must be. Marcus James
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9:44am Wed 9 Jan 13

rozmister says...

The fact Clare and Charlie had to wait nearly FOURTEEN years for this pay out is disgusting. Were the NHS hoping she'd let it go? That they could get away with disabling a child and not pay a penny towards compensating him and funding the care he needs??

Well done Clare for sticking to your guns and making sure the truth was heard. You seem like an amazing mum and I wish you, Charlie and your family the best for the future :)
The fact Clare and Charlie had to wait nearly FOURTEEN years for this pay out is disgusting. Were the NHS hoping she'd let it go? That they could get away with disabling a child and not pay a penny towards compensating him and funding the care he needs?? Well done Clare for sticking to your guns and making sure the truth was heard. You seem like an amazing mum and I wish you, Charlie and your family the best for the future :) rozmister
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9:57am Wed 9 Jan 13

bosco1 says...

Clare you have had a very hard 14 years you are a Mum to be proud of.I know money cant buy the health you would wish for Charlie, but I do hope it will help him in his future life, the poor lad will need finacial support together with a loving family for the rest of his life.my good wishes to you both.x
Clare you have had a very hard 14 years you are a Mum to be proud of.I know money cant buy the health you would wish for Charlie, but I do hope it will help him in his future life, the poor lad will need finacial support together with a loving family for the rest of his life.my good wishes to you both.x bosco1
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10:11am Wed 9 Jan 13

Huey says...

Well done Clare! You stuck to your guns for the sake of your lad and now you have got what you rightfully deserve.
We all know you would rather have not gone through any of this.
Well done Clare! You stuck to your guns for the sake of your lad and now you have got what you rightfully deserve. We all know you would rather have not gone through any of this. Huey
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10:22am Wed 9 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

Both sad and happy all in one story.

Good luck and don't forget some go faster stripes for the wheelchair.
Both sad and happy all in one story. Good luck and don't forget some go faster stripes for the wheelchair. scrumpyjack
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10:40am Wed 9 Jan 13

polblagger says...

'BOURNEMOUTH mother is celebrating a massive £7.1million payout'.

Is it just me that thinks this is poorly worded and makes the award sound like a lottery win?
'BOURNEMOUTH mother is celebrating a massive £7.1million payout'. Is it just me that thinks this is poorly worded and makes the award sound like a lottery win? polblagger
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10:44am Wed 9 Jan 13

wilkiemini says...

Bless them....but should have been sorted years ago ....14yrs??? shame on Bournemouth hospital
What a lovely smile he has xx
Bless them....but should have been sorted years ago ....14yrs??? shame on Bournemouth hospital What a lovely smile he has xx wilkiemini
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11:10am Wed 9 Jan 13

MPK83i says...

I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money? MPK83i
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11:43am Wed 9 Jan 13

step up says...

wilkiemini wrote:
Bless them....but should have been sorted years ago ....14yrs??? shame on Bournemouth hospital
What a lovely smile he has xx
Exactly. Why has this poor woman been had to fight for 14 years during which time she has had all the care needs of her son to deal with. Barbaric. Bournemouth Hospital could have admitted liability. There is sonething wrong with this society.
[quote][p][bold]wilkiemini[/bold] wrote: Bless them....but should have been sorted years ago ....14yrs??? shame on Bournemouth hospital What a lovely smile he has xx[/p][/quote]Exactly. Why has this poor woman been had to fight for 14 years during which time she has had all the care needs of her son to deal with. Barbaric. Bournemouth Hospital could have admitted liability. There is sonething wrong with this society. step up
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11:50am Wed 9 Jan 13

afcb-mark says...

MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it.
[quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it. afcb-mark
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12:03pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Huey says...

MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
Hospital are insured. It is the insurance company who be paying out the money.
[quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]Hospital are insured. It is the insurance company who be paying out the money. Huey
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12:28pm Wed 9 Jan 13

gileto says...

Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here.
To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....
Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here. To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero..... gileto
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12:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

step up says...

£7.1 million sounds like a lot of money and indeed it is but when you are talking about a lifetime of 24 hour support I afraid sadly it is not.
£7.1 million sounds like a lot of money and indeed it is but when you are talking about a lifetime of 24 hour support I afraid sadly it is not. step up
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12:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Azphreal says...

Thankfully with this payout she will never again have to think of the worry that goes through the head of every parent with a child who has a severe disability 'What will happen when i am gone?' The way the disabled have been under attack the past few years really worries me wondering what care will be available for my daughter when my wife and myself are no longer around to care for her ( there was nothing during the pregnancy to say she would be born disabled).
Thankfully with this payout she will never again have to think of the worry that goes through the head of every parent with a child who has a severe disability 'What will happen when i am gone?' The way the disabled have been under attack the past few years really worries me wondering what care will be available for my daughter when my wife and myself are no longer around to care for her ( there was nothing during the pregnancy to say she would be born disabled). Azphreal
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12:49pm Wed 9 Jan 13

suzigirl says...

My nephew was born with cerebral palsy (due to mistakes during the birth) and my sister tried to make a claim but she give up in the end as they all closed ranks. Now my nephew is 23 and in a care home in Kent needing 24/7 care...........
My nephew was born with cerebral palsy (due to mistakes during the birth) and my sister tried to make a claim but she give up in the end as they all closed ranks. Now my nephew is 23 and in a care home in Kent needing 24/7 care........... suzigirl
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12:55pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Arthur Maureen says...

MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
Think you've had your question answered, perhaps think beyond a nano second before posting perhaps..

Warm wishes to the family :)
[quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]Think you've had your question answered, perhaps think beyond a nano second before posting perhaps.. Warm wishes to the family :) Arthur Maureen
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1:36pm Wed 9 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

14 years waiting is a disgrace but for me what is important is that Clare won her case and justice has been done.

I agree that the legal system drags things along because it is to their advantage, it would be interesting to see what the final legal bill for the case was! I guess we will never know.
14 years waiting is a disgrace but for me what is important is that Clare won her case and justice has been done. I agree that the legal system drags things along because it is to their advantage, it would be interesting to see what the final legal bill for the case was! I guess we will never know. nonnogeppetto
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1:46pm Wed 9 Jan 13

really?? seriously?? says...

Happy for the family but i wonder how much they would have recieved if it was sorted out earlier?
Happy for the family but i wonder how much they would have recieved if it was sorted out earlier? really?? seriously??
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2:08pm Wed 9 Jan 13

OKANAGAN 1 says...

Good luck to Clare and Charlie, this should not have taken 14 years to solve.
Good luck to the other children in the family as well and to the Husband .
Good luck to Clare and Charlie, this should not have taken 14 years to solve. Good luck to the other children in the family as well and to the Husband . OKANAGAN 1
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2:20pm Wed 9 Jan 13

ASM says...

they deserve it, good luck to them. But, I hope it doesn't mean budget cuts and job losses for NHS staff
they deserve it, good luck to them. But, I hope it doesn't mean budget cuts and job losses for NHS staff ASM
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2:21pm Wed 9 Jan 13

goldmum says...

I think they deserve every penny ,this will also go towards his care when his parents are finding it difficult later in life and what a lovely smile good luck to the family
I think they deserve every penny ,this will also go towards his care when his parents are finding it difficult later in life and what a lovely smile good luck to the family goldmum
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3:00pm Wed 9 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

gileto wrote:
Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here.
To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....
Way off subject and wrong.

They base the payout on the cost of care for life not 'compensation'; this is not America.
[quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here. To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....[/p][/quote]Way off subject and wrong. They base the payout on the cost of care for life not 'compensation'; this is not America. scrumpyjack
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3:01pm Wed 9 Jan 13

muscliffman says...

This should never have taken fourteen years - no discussion!

But once again we seem to be missing the issue of accountability. The NHS is funded by us, This compensation will be paid for by us (Insurer maybe now, but watch the future premiums). So everbody looses?

Not quite, the Lawyers will have done very nicely - at our NHS expense.

The NHS employees and management responsible and who should have been accountable here - directly or indirectly? What has happened to them? We can guess, somewhere between nothing and promotion - on past evidence!

A dreadful, expensive and avoidable tragedy all round.
This should never have taken fourteen years - no discussion! But once again we seem to be missing the issue of accountability. The NHS is funded by us, This compensation will be paid for by us (Insurer maybe now, but watch the future premiums). So everbody looses? Not quite, the Lawyers will have done very nicely - at our NHS expense. The NHS employees and management responsible and who should have been accountable here - directly or indirectly? What has happened to them? We can guess, somewhere between nothing and promotion - on past evidence! A dreadful, expensive and avoidable tragedy all round. muscliffman
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3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

ASM wrote:
they deserve it, good luck to them. But, I hope it doesn't mean budget cuts and job losses for NHS staff
As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up.

Better result than having to fund his care for the next 60 years is it not?
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: they deserve it, good luck to them. But, I hope it doesn't mean budget cuts and job losses for NHS staff[/p][/quote]As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up. Better result than having to fund his care for the next 60 years is it not? scrumpyjack
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3:07pm Wed 9 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

I always think it is odd that people can start a sentence with a nicety then stick a massive BUT in and then say what they really mean and think no one will notice.
I always think it is odd that people can start a sentence with a nicety then stick a massive BUT in and then say what they really mean and think no one will notice. scrumpyjack
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4:35pm Wed 9 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

scrumpyjack says...
3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13
As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up..

Might not be the case.
The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.
scrumpyjack says... 3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13 As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up.. Might not be the case. The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital. BIGTONE
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5:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Cosmic Crusader says...

BIGTONE wrote:
scrumpyjack says...
3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13
As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up..

Might not be the case.
The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.
One way or another we, the public, will pay and I am pleased to make my contribution. It would be very interesting to know the circumstances which contributed to the negligence of the NHS. These things should not be swept under the carpet. If individuals made errors then justice should prevail. If a motorist causes a crash because of carelessness then he will be prosecuted for the offence. Why not in this case.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: scrumpyjack says... 3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13 As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up.. Might not be the case. The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.[/p][/quote]One way or another we, the public, will pay and I am pleased to make my contribution. It would be very interesting to know the circumstances which contributed to the negligence of the NHS. These things should not be swept under the carpet. If individuals made errors then justice should prevail. If a motorist causes a crash because of carelessness then he will be prosecuted for the offence. Why not in this case. Cosmic Crusader
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6:09pm Wed 9 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Cosmic Crusader wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
scrumpyjack says...
3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13
As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up..

Might not be the case.
The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.
One way or another we, the public, will pay and I am pleased to make my contribution. It would be very interesting to know the circumstances which contributed to the negligence of the NHS. These things should not be swept under the carpet. If individuals made errors then justice should prevail. If a motorist causes a crash because of carelessness then he will be prosecuted for the offence. Why not in this case.
Agree.
[quote][p][bold]Cosmic Crusader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: scrumpyjack says... 3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13 As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up.. Might not be the case. The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.[/p][/quote]One way or another we, the public, will pay and I am pleased to make my contribution. It would be very interesting to know the circumstances which contributed to the negligence of the NHS. These things should not be swept under the carpet. If individuals made errors then justice should prevail. If a motorist causes a crash because of carelessness then he will be prosecuted for the offence. Why not in this case.[/p][/quote]Agree. BIGTONE
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6:17pm Wed 9 Jan 13

ronrollins@hotmail.com says...

MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
zz
[quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]zz ronrollins@hotmail.com
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9:37pm Wed 9 Jan 13

spooki says...

Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long.
Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long. spooki
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9:51pm Wed 9 Jan 13

grumpyolddear says...

Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur.

Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members.

The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline.

Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments.
Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur. Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members. The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline. Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments. grumpyolddear
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10:20pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Hessenford says...

spooki wrote:
Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long.
Careful what you wish for, it seems that the maternity unit is doomed for closure because of the merger with Poole.
[quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long.[/p][/quote]Careful what you wish for, it seems that the maternity unit is doomed for closure because of the merger with Poole. Hessenford
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10:56pm Wed 9 Jan 13

s-pb2 says...

gileto wrote:
Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here.
To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....
Where is it found and agreed? Facebook? What utter nonsense
[quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here. To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....[/p][/quote]Where is it found and agreed? Facebook? What utter nonsense s-pb2
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12:24am Thu 10 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

grumpyolddear wrote:
Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur. Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members. The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline. Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments.
1. It happened 14 years ago so what have the current cuts got to do with it?
2. TWO members in the same family suffered from 'medical negligence'? Hmmm.
[quote][p][bold]grumpyolddear[/bold] wrote: Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur. Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members. The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline. Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments.[/p][/quote]1. It happened 14 years ago so what have the current cuts got to do with it? 2. TWO members in the same family suffered from 'medical negligence'? Hmmm. scrumpyjack
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10:37am Thu 10 Jan 13

a.g.o.g. says...

And where is Clare`s award for all the time and stress caused her in progressing what seems a straightforward case?
And where is Clare`s award for all the time and stress caused her in progressing what seems a straightforward case? a.g.o.g.
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12:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

kingstonpaul says...

£7.1 million in compensation, and about time.
We should demand to see how much the health trust paid to the cabale of advisers, solicitors, as well as assorted mandarins and grandees involved in the shameful defence of this claim.
At a guess, a further £2million over 14 years?
£7.1 million in compensation, and about time. We should demand to see how much the health trust paid to the cabale of advisers, solicitors, as well as assorted mandarins and grandees involved in the shameful defence of this claim. At a guess, a further £2million over 14 years? kingstonpaul
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7:41pm Thu 10 Jan 13

andyrwebman says...

afcb-mark wrote:
MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it.
afcb-mark wrote "I for one don't care where this money comes from"

It will come from the money needed to treat patients and keep wards open.

It will mean longer waiting times, cancelled operations, shortages of nurses, patients left to suffer because nurses are too busy.

It will come in the form of cancer patients denied drugs that will keep them alive.

For all the boy's problems, in all likelyhood the net increase in suffering will be huge - and those who suffer will be people who did nothing to cause the original mistake.

Are you sure you don't care where the money comes from?
[quote][p][bold]afcb-mark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it.[/p][/quote]afcb-mark wrote "I for one don't care where this money comes from" It will come from the money needed to treat patients and keep wards open. It will mean longer waiting times, cancelled operations, shortages of nurses, patients left to suffer because nurses are too busy. It will come in the form of cancer patients denied drugs that will keep them alive. For all the boy's problems, in all likelyhood the net increase in suffering will be huge - and those who suffer will be people who did nothing to cause the original mistake. Are you sure you don't care where the money comes from? andyrwebman
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7:45pm Thu 10 Jan 13

andyrwebman says...

BIGTONE wrote:
scrumpyjack says...
3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13
As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up..

Might not be the case.
The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.
The thing is, insurers always charge more from the NHS overall than they pay out. If it wasn't a net loss from the NHS they wouldn't make a profit.

It's not like car insurance where lots of people pay separately - the NHS has to foot the bill and always makes a loss. From what hear, they underwrite it themselves because to insure it would be even more expensive.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: scrumpyjack says... 3:06pm Wed 9 Jan 13 As alreay posted, they insure against this. Worst case scenario the cost of their indemnity insurance goes up.. Might not be the case. The insurers may not pay some or all depending on the depth of any negligence on the part of the hospital.[/p][/quote]The thing is, insurers always charge more from the NHS overall than they pay out. If it wasn't a net loss from the NHS they wouldn't make a profit. It's not like car insurance where lots of people pay separately - the NHS has to foot the bill and always makes a loss. From what hear, they underwrite it themselves because to insure it would be even more expensive. andyrwebman
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8:45pm Thu 10 Jan 13

grumpyolddear says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
grumpyolddear wrote:
Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur. Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members. The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline. Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments.
1. It happened 14 years ago so what have the current cuts got to do with it?
2. TWO members in the same family suffered from 'medical negligence'? Hmmm.
True, one is disabled and the other is mercifully deceased after suffering needless pain inflicted by a nurse.

More money should be invested in staffing and trianing to avoid these cases.

Had the Trust admitted liability earlier, I'm sure the costs of this case would have been much lower, not to mention the unnecessary stress for this family
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]grumpyolddear[/bold] wrote: Working closely with the NHS and seeing how the government cut backs affect those on the ground who with the best will in the world are: trying to do a good job, expected to provide a better service for an ever increasing case load, with less time and fewer resources, it does not surprise me in the least that mistakes and errors of judgement occur. Two members of my immediate family have suffered because of avoidable medical negligence, not to mention the knock on effect on all of the other family members. The only way to stop this is to push them into having an inquiry - and how do we achieve that? See the headline. Well done Claire, let's hope you and your family will enjoy a lot less stress now the fighting is over. That is the fight to win your case and the constant fighting for the services your son should receive without your having to pressurise the other cash strapped government departments.[/p][/quote]1. It happened 14 years ago so what have the current cuts got to do with it? 2. TWO members in the same family suffered from 'medical negligence'? Hmmm.[/p][/quote]True, one is disabled and the other is mercifully deceased after suffering needless pain inflicted by a nurse. More money should be invested in staffing and trianing to avoid these cases. Had the Trust admitted liability earlier, I'm sure the costs of this case would have been much lower, not to mention the unnecessary stress for this family grumpyolddear
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9:49am Fri 11 Jan 13

gileto says...

s-pb2 wrote:
gileto wrote: Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here. To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....
Where is it found and agreed? Facebook? What utter nonsense
thanks s-pb2, I can't stand Facebook so I don't use it.
Life's lessons have taught me it's infinitely more credible to pass comment on something that the writer knows DOES happen than comment on something that you would like to believe doesn't/shouldn't.
Your own eyes don't lie.
Some social services practices would not be believed or tolerated if properly opened up for scrutiny/made public. As this article highlights, an underfunded NHS is fully held to account - so surely those professionals entrusted with child protection should be too??
For those interested (http://www.publicat
ions.parliament.uk/p
a/cm201213/cmselect/
cmeduc/137/137vw01.h
tm) comments made here and ALL evidence collated should NOT be ignored if the lessons of Baby P are to be forgotten and Social Services (underpaid and overworked, inevitably) credibility restored.
[quote][p][bold]s-pb2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gileto[/bold] wrote: Fantastic that the rest of this lad's life will be made easier. 14 years is indeed a complete joke. £7m does sound an awful lot and apart from the high costs needed for the rest of his life, there is a very large compensation element here. To put it into context, those UK parents who fight against their children being taken away and adopted and where it's subsequently found and agreed that this should never have happened due to officials negligence do not get their children back, have a lifetime of mental suffering and how much in compensation?? Zero.....[/p][/quote]Where is it found and agreed? Facebook? What utter nonsense[/p][/quote]thanks s-pb2, I can't stand Facebook so I don't use it. Life's lessons have taught me it's infinitely more credible to pass comment on something that the writer knows DOES happen than comment on something that you would like to believe doesn't/shouldn't. Your own eyes don't lie. Some social services practices would not be believed or tolerated if properly opened up for scrutiny/made public. As this article highlights, an underfunded NHS is fully held to account - so surely those professionals entrusted with child protection should be too?? For those interested (http://www.publicat ions.parliament.uk/p a/cm201213/cmselect/ cmeduc/137/137vw01.h tm) comments made here and ALL evidence collated should NOT be ignored if the lessons of Baby P are to be forgotten and Social Services (underpaid and overworked, inevitably) credibility restored. gileto
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12:19pm Fri 11 Jan 13

gileto says...

sorry, meant 'Baby P NOT to be forgotten'
sorry, meant 'Baby P NOT to be forgotten' gileto
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3:31pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Brightside2012 says...

£7million is £35 quid a head a year of 20,000 sympathetic taxpayers 20% of the constituency for 10 years...

Wouldn't you give him £35 quid???

For sure the money gets spent on research and support teams in the NHS and across the world for the lifetime no just of him but also of patients like him..

For sure his body is growing and his brain is regrowing too.. every cell in 7 years will have replenished itself...

People who have been saved from the hospital incineration department after being strangled by their umbilical cord have gone on to be top try scorers and musicians and competed for places at oxford..

Stephen Hawkins has gone on to publish metaphysics books from the wheel chair and Lewis Hamiltons brother reported has driven in motorsport with cerebral palsy...

For sure he like you enjoys his food and the architecture the weather and the sunsets.. and for sure he likes to watch TV and look on google maps and explore the world as much as possible..
and dream of the possibilities of life like you do...

People find it intellectually interesting to save lives and restore capabilities and support people who want to have a go at doing interesting things... and they get the money rather than people motivated by marxist darwinism and lack of collective accounting abilities!!!
£7million is £35 quid a head a year of 20,000 sympathetic taxpayers 20% of the constituency for 10 years... Wouldn't you give him £35 quid??? For sure the money gets spent on research and support teams in the NHS and across the world for the lifetime no just of him but also of patients like him.. For sure his body is growing and his brain is regrowing too.. every cell in 7 years will have replenished itself... People who have been saved from the hospital incineration department after being strangled by their umbilical cord have gone on to be top try scorers and musicians and competed for places at oxford.. Stephen Hawkins has gone on to publish metaphysics books from the wheel chair and Lewis Hamiltons brother reported has driven in motorsport with cerebral palsy... For sure he like you enjoys his food and the architecture the weather and the sunsets.. and for sure he likes to watch TV and look on google maps and explore the world as much as possible.. and dream of the possibilities of life like you do... People find it intellectually interesting to save lives and restore capabilities and support people who want to have a go at doing interesting things... and they get the money rather than people motivated by marxist darwinism and lack of collective accounting abilities!!! Brightside2012
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9:00pm Sat 12 Jan 13

spooki says...

Hessenford wrote:
spooki wrote:
Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long.
Careful what you wish for, it seems that the maternity unit is doomed for closure because of the merger with Poole.
Exactly the problem! We need a DECENT maternity unit, not to close the one we almost have. It's obvious we need it, when I went to Poole they were so busy I had to wait 10 hours to be induced as they didn't have any spare rooms. Some women were being sent to Southampton to get decent emergency maternity care. It's not right. Some situations need to be dealt with ASAP by the right medical staff as this story proves.
[quote][p][bold]Hessenford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spooki[/bold] wrote: Why do they have a 'maternity unit' in Bournemouth Hospital when they are so limited in what they're allowed to do there? By that I don't mean close the unit we have but make it into a PROPER maternity unit, where women can have epidurals, caesarians and whatever they need. Yes the birthing rooms are lovely to look round but when your waters break with merconium in them (I live a mile from Bmth Hospital), you don't want to be told you now have to go to Poole hosp in an ambulance as "we don't have the emergency facilities here". Best wishes and good luck for this family, and what a lovely smiling face Charlie has. It's just a shame she's had to fight for so long.[/p][/quote]Careful what you wish for, it seems that the maternity unit is doomed for closure because of the merger with Poole.[/p][/quote]Exactly the problem! We need a DECENT maternity unit, not to close the one we almost have. It's obvious we need it, when I went to Poole they were so busy I had to wait 10 hours to be induced as they didn't have any spare rooms. Some women were being sent to Southampton to get decent emergency maternity care. It's not right. Some situations need to be dealt with ASAP by the right medical staff as this story proves. spooki
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11:28pm Sun 13 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

andyrwebman wrote:
afcb-mark wrote:
MPK83i wrote:
I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?
I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it.
afcb-mark wrote "I for one don't care where this money comes from"

It will come from the money needed to treat patients and keep wards open.

It will mean longer waiting times, cancelled operations, shortages of nurses, patients left to suffer because nurses are too busy.

It will come in the form of cancer patients denied drugs that will keep them alive.

For all the boy's problems, in all likelyhood the net increase in suffering will be huge - and those who suffer will be people who did nothing to cause the original mistake.

Are you sure you don't care where the money comes from?
Please substantiate this statement.
[quote][p][bold]andyrwebman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcb-mark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MPK83i[/bold] wrote: I think it's great that it has been solved and hope the money goes some way to help the whole family deal and mve on. BUT, 7 million of whos money? Where is that being taken from,who will now lose out because of that money?[/p][/quote]I for one don't care where this money comes from. This young lads prospects and future as it might have been has been taken away from him and his family due to negligence and he deserves every penny to make his difficult life as comfortable as possible. They must have struggled over the past 14 years with battered out heavy wheelchairs and the rest of the equipment/care he required. Now he can have the best whenever he needs it. Good luck to him, he deserves it.[/p][/quote]afcb-mark wrote "I for one don't care where this money comes from" It will come from the money needed to treat patients and keep wards open. It will mean longer waiting times, cancelled operations, shortages of nurses, patients left to suffer because nurses are too busy. It will come in the form of cancer patients denied drugs that will keep them alive. For all the boy's problems, in all likelyhood the net increase in suffering will be huge - and those who suffer will be people who did nothing to cause the original mistake. Are you sure you don't care where the money comes from?[/p][/quote]Please substantiate this statement. scrumpyjack
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5:46pm Tue 15 Jan 13

joyceb says...

Bye Bye silly person
Bye Bye silly person joyceb
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