Monday, 18 August 2008

Widow may sue NHS over delays in diagnosing husband’s cancer

A woman is considering legal action against Scotland's largest health board after a delay in diagnosing cancer in her husband, who subsequently died.

Sandra Wilson, 60, felt the death of her husband Ian, 63, could have been avoided if the cancer had been detected earlier by doctors.

She also said she was shocked that despite the ombudsman supporting her concerns over the delay, no-one appears to have been held responsible.

Professor Alice Brown, the Scottish Public Service Ombudsman, recently upheld a complaint that the diagnostic process was unnecessarily delayed.

Mrs Wilson said she is now taking legal advice over the matter.

While the ombudsman's advice was that it was "unlikely" Mr Wilson would have survived, she said he may have been spared agonising complications.

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