Linda Lidley a mother aged 52 has won a medical negligence claim after finding out she had been misdiagnosed several times by the NHS, in what has actually turned out to be lung cancer. The pain started ten years ago for Ms Lindley when she first experienced breathlessness.She was sent backwards and forwards to her GP and was prescribed an inhaler back in 2007.
The figure is an estimate based on the number of claims the NHS believes it is unlikely to be able to defend, the severity of such errors and likely pay-outs. In total more than 16,000 patients logged complaints, up from around 13,500 the previous year, many of the cases are linked to a series of scandals that have dogged the health service. More than £1.2 million has been paid out to 120 victims of poor care at Mid Staffordshire Foundation trust, in the largest ever group claim against the NHS.