The widower of a 49-year-old mother of two, who died from cervical cancer after being repeatedly failed by the NHS, has spoken out about a report into his wife’s death. Julie O’Connor tragically passed away in February 2019 following a late diagnosis of cervical cancer. Mrs O’Conner first went for a smear test in September 2014 which came back negative. After persistent symptoms, and five further visits to an NHS hospital over two years, Mrs O’Connor saw a private Consultant who finally identified a tumour. There had been a clear misdiagnosis and, rightly, an independent report was commissioned by the Trust. However it unfortunately appears that – once again – an NHS Trust has missed the mark, with Mr O’Connor describing it as “lamentable from start to finish”.
As solicitors who represent seriously injured children and adults in clinical negligence claims, we are aware that, while Claimants need access to compensation, they may be worried by the prospect of a trial.
This week brings the start of meteorological summer and the twin temptations of sunny skies and warmer temperatures invite us to indulge in lazy days on the beach, picnics in the park and barbeques in our gardens. However, the advent of better weather brings with it increasing UV exposure, which is the main preventable cause of skin cancer.
The Breast Cancer campaign, Wear it Pink symbol and breast cancer awareness month aim to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer amongst women to aid in early detection of the disease and to raise money to fund breast cancer research. In 2013, £2.1 million was raised towards breast cancer research.