Scottish cancer-treatment overdose patient dies; will the report improve medical negligence disclosure?

Hearing about the death of Lisa Norris, a 16-year-old cancer patient who was given massive overdoses of radiation earlier this year, raises many questions. One question is how and when responsibility was taken by Scotland's largest cancer centre, the Beatson?

Was this another hospital without full-training in medical negligence disclosure, hampered by the laws around disclosure and adding to the upset of the Norris family?

How long will it be before legislative change is being taken as it is in the US to enable medical-negligence disclosure, saving pain and much legal cost? Medical negligence disclosure advice and policy is readily available on the Sorry Works website.
"Lisa Norris, from Girvan in Ayrshire, received at least 17 overdoses during treatment for a brain tumour at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow.

An independent investigation into the case was launched by the Scottish Executive.

An executive spokesman said the investigation's findings were in the "final stages of preparation".

Scottish Health Minister Andy Kerr said: "This is deeply saddening news following what has already been a very difficult time for the family.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with them."

Officials said the Norris family would be consulted before the findings of the investigation into Lisa's overdose were published.

Several months after the overdose was given, the Beatson was found to have given a series of other patients radiation overdoses."
(The text in quotation marks is from the BBC News web-site link)

See the Sorry Works website for more about medical negligence disclosure.


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