NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims

NHS faces 17.5bn payout bill after treatment bungles: One seventh of annual budget set aside following avalanche of claims By Daniel Martin PUBLISHED: 23:47 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 06:51 GMT, 11 April 2013 The NHS has been left with a multi-billion-pound bill after an avalanche of legal claims following medical blunders.

University professor, 37, dies from lung cancer after doctors dismissed her symptoms as "anxiety and depression"

University professor, 37, dies from lung cancer after doctors dismissed her symptoms as 'anxiety and depression' Lisa Smirl, 37, saw three doctors with a range of symptoms over a yearHad been suffering from shortness of breath, weight loss and arm pain Despite this, doctors dismissed her symptoms as psychological , but took early retirement. Despite battling the disease, she maintained an honorary lectureship in the department until her death on February 21. She also completed a Great North Run to raise funds for the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation in November 2012

NHS pays out 2million after surgeon botches operations – and there are still 94 OUTSTANDING claims

NHS pays out 2million after surgeon botches operations – and there are still 94 OUTSTANDING claims 2million of compensation has been paid out to Manjit Bhamra's patients at Rotherham HospitalThere are another 94 outstanding claims against himDespite this, he is STILL working as a surgeon By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 19:04 GMT, 28 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:48 GMT, 1 March 2013 Surgeon Manjit Bhamra is still practising, despite the NHS forking out close to 2million for botched operations The NHS has paid out more than 2m in compensation to victims of a surgeon who is still allowed to work. Rotherham Hospital has agreed damages settlements for four former patients of orthopaedic surgeon Manjit Bhamra, totalling just over 1m since last summer. Previously 13 other patients had received a total of 1,058,784.

Hospital that left patient to starve to death and another unwashed for 11 weeks forced to pay 400,000 in compensation

Hospital that left patient to starve to death and another unwashed for 11 weeks forced to pay 400,000 in compensation Human rights lawyers described mistreatment as 'appalling' failures of careWorcestershire Acute NHS Hospital Trust bosses will apologise to families Successful legal action by 38 families has led to total payouts of 410,000Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is 'disgusted and appalled' by the accountsPatients left thirsty while another had ribs broken as staff tried to lift himTrust accepts care was below standard but has not admitted legal liability | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 24 December 2012 A hospital trust has paid out more than 400,000 in compensation and issued dozens of apologies over an ‘appalling’ catalogue of neglect.

"My little boy"s cancer has come back" reveals runaway mum but says she is "50/50 still" on whether she will agree to him…

'My little boy's cancer has come back' reveals runaway mum but says she is '50/50 still' on whether she will agree to him having radiotherapySally Roberts, 37, sparked a nationwide hunt when she went on the run with Neon who had an operation to remove a large brain tumour in October The mother of two disappeared after a doctor told her radiotherapy was needed to ‘fry his brain’ to make sure the cancer did not return | UPDATED: 00:39 GMT, 12 December 2012 Worrying: Sally Roberts, 37, who went on the run to prevent her son being given radiotherapy revealed last night the heartbreaking news that his tumour has regrown The mother who went on the run to prevent her son being given radiotherapy revealed last night the heartbreaking news that his tumour has regrown.

Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why

Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why 18 per cent over mothers over 35 opted not to give birth naturallyRoyal College of Midwives raises concern about a quarter of mothers having the surgery But teen pregnancies down by a fifth in five years | UPDATED: 00:46 GMT, 7 December 2012 25 per cent of mothers in England had a Caesarean – a slight increase from the previous year Older mothers are behind the number of Caesarean sections rising yet again. The latest maternity figures show that 25 per cent of mothers in England had a caesarean – a slight increase from the previous year, according to data from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

A life worth living: Judge backs wife in fight to keep her husband alive after hospital tried to withhold treatment

A life worth living: Judge backs wife in fight to keep her husband alive after hospital tried to withhold treatment Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from father Judge Justice Jackson overruled doctors yesterday saying they had undervalued the limited quality of life David James, 68, could still enjoyMr James went to hospital seven months ago with stomach complaint, but contracted pneumonia that led to multiple organ failureJudge described husband's relationship with his family as 'of the closest and most meaningful kind' and this carried 'great weight' in his decisionEmotional evidence heard relatives insisting Mr James smiled when they visited and enjoyed reading the newspaper and seeing his grandchildren | UPDATED: 23:15 GMT, 6 December 2012 The loving wife of a desperately ill musician yesterday won her fight to force a hospital to keep treating him. Doctors had wanted to withhold potentially lifesaving care from David James, 68.

Worrying teenage trend for self-harming sparks sharp increase in calls to Childline

Worrying teenage trend for self-harming sparks sharp increase in calls to ChildLine Child hospital admissions caused by ‘intentional harm with a sharp object’ up 132 per cent in a decadeCharity blames growing family problems for spike in self-harming among the young | UPDATED: 13:30 GMT, 5 December 2012 Children are turning to self-harm as a result of deepening family problems, a leading charity said yesterday. The number of children and teenagers who have asked for help after considering hurting themselves with knives or drugs has gone up by two thirds in a year, ChildLine said

Xenon: "Miracle" gas gives hope to babies brain-damaged at birth

'Miracle' gas gives hope to babies brain-damaged at birthBirth asphyxia occurs in one or two out of 1,000 deliveries in developed countries | UPDATED: 05:19 GMT, 2 December 2012 A ‘miracle’ gas that occurs naturally in the air could help reduce incidence of brain damage in newborns.

Vomit bug in a third of hospitals as some even ban staff from drinking tea to stop it spreading

Vomit bug in a third of hospitals as some even ban staff from drinking tea to stop it spreading Almost 1,700 patients have been hit by norovirus – three times as many as this time last yearIn South Tyneside District Hospital nearly one quarter of beds occupied by patients with bugDepartment of Health say NHS is prepared for winter health problems | UPDATED: 23:08 GMT, 29 November 2012 Increase: Almost 1,700 people have been struck down by norovirus – three times as many as this time last year More than a third of hospitals have been hit by the winter vomiting bug, figures show. Almost 1,700 patients have been struck down by norovirus, three times as many as this time last year.