Death due to delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer – £200,000

In October 2003, Diane  Clarke went to see her GP,  concerned about post-coital bleeding. She underwent a cervical smear test, followed by a biopsy. The biopsy revealed that she had cervical cancer. Her last test – the previous year – had been reported as normal. However, on re-interpretation, it was revealed that the test had shown abnormal cells.

Mrs Clarke had a hysterectomy followed by radiotherapy and subsequent chemotherapy but the cancer spread to her lungs and spine and, despite treatment, she sadly died in early 2008.

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