Hospital in six figure pay out

A PENSIONER has won a six-figure pay-out over claims a hospital failed to effectively treat a serious spinal infection for four years.After treatment elsewhere, John Ledger, from Culford, near Bury St Edmunds, now has to use a wheelchair and is in constant pain following the collapse of his vertebrae.

A PENSIONER has won a six-figure pay-out over claims a hospital failed to effectively treat a serious spinal infection for four years.

After treatment elsewhere, John Ledger, from Culford, near Bury St Edmunds, now has to use a wheelchair and is in constant pain following the collapse of his vertebrae.

The 77-year-old claimed Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge, failed to recognise the infection, which was later treated by a specialist hospital in Middlesex.

A spokeswoman for the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed a claim was pursued following “conservative treatment” at Addenbrooke's Hospital for Mr Ledger's condition.

She said: “The claimant chose to seek a second opinion and his care was transferred to another hospital where he underwent surgery, following which he suffered complications which left him reliant on a wheelchair.

“We have every sympathy for the claimant's position, but would like to confirm that this claim was settled without any admissions of liability on the part of the trust. The trust does of course wish the claimant the very best for the future.”