Answers sought over hospital compensation claims

A hospital chief will come in for a grilling over the "astronomical" injury compensation fees his trust has paid out in the past four years.

John Goulston, chief executive of the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Trust will meet with Lee Scott MP, who is a member of the House of Commons health select committee, the Ilford Recorder reports.

The paper has previously reported that more than GBP 33 million has been paid out in injury compensation as a result of botched treatments and medical mishaps in the last four years.

Recently a car crash victim was awarded up to GBP 2.4 million when doctors failed to scan his injuries at King George Hospital.

Instead the man was discharged and now faces a lifetime of disability.

"Compensation payouts are becoming a regular thing and surely these kinds of costs can’t be met forever," Lee Scott MP told the paper.

The news follows reports in the Evening Leader that a third person has died after cancer test results were wrongly diagnosed by a doctor at a hospital in Wrexham.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19271048-ADNFCR

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