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Sunderland hospital pay-outs reach £6million

City Hospitals Sunderland has paid out £6,237,445 in compensation due to negligence, an increase of £1.6million within the last year, reports by Sunderland Echo.

Many of the claims were in regards to operations or births having complications.

One example of the negligence experienced at the hospital involved the birth of Callum Jacques, now 15. Mother Anna Jacques helped her son win the £175,000 compensation pay-out, which the teenager will receive when he hits 18.

Ms Jacques told the Sunderland Echo: “We knew he was going to be a big baby, and I wanted to have a Caesarean sections, which I’d already had with Callum’s sister, Lauren, but they just kept telling me that there was nothing like a natural birth and insisted I went through with it.

“But during the birth, he became stuck by the shoulders, and this went on to damage all the nerves in his neck.”

After the birth, doctors said Callum’s shoulder was swollen, but would reduce within time, failing to diagnose the infant’s paralysis Erbs Palsy.

The mother-of-three said: “The amount of money he received was a disgrace when you consider the level of disability he now has.”

Callum has undergone various operations in attempts to allow him more movement in his neck and shoulders, but after 10 intrusive operations, he feels unable to have anymore.

Anna said: “Last year he had another operation, but he has now decided against any more.

“The last one was so horrendous; he just said ‘enough is enough’.”

Another case against the hospital saw a six-year-old boy awarded a multi-million pound compensation pay-out due to oxygen starvation during his birth. City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust agreed to a 70% liability, and agreed to the settlement due to this.

A spokesman for City Hospitals Sunderland said: “It is an inevitable fact that although we believe City Hospitals to be one of the leading trusts in the country with some of the best staff and facilities available anywhere, in an organisation which deals in matters of life and death, legal costs are a fact of life.”

A representative for those who have received compensation said: “Patient safety should be the number one point of concern for all NHS Trusts.

“Every single case provides an opportunity for lessons to be learnt and appropriate measures to be put in place to ensure the same thing never happens again.”

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