Almost GBP 500,000 has been paid out in injury compensation and medical negligence claims by a hospital in Wales following a string of surgical blunders.
Wrexham Maelor Hospital has spent GBP 499,815 compensating patients for a variety of botched operations over the last three years, the Evening Leader reports.
The biggest payout was for GBP 385,000 after a patient suffered nerve damage during a procedure to remove a cyst.
A further sum of GBP 71,940 was paid out for a compensation claim relating to a perforated bowel.
Andy Scotson, a spokesman for Wrexham Maelor Hospital, told the paper: "It is only right that where an error has occurred we compensate patients for any loss or damage they might have suffered and that we investigate the circumstances thoroughly."
A survey conducted by the British Medical Association recently revealed that hospital doctors are often frustrated in their attempts to raise concerns about standards of care and struggle to push through changes.