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Woman wins compensation following negligent gynaecology surgery

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A mother-of-three is one of the first women to be awarded compensation following the negligent operations carried out by gynaecologist Rob Jones. Claire Hill is the first of potentially hundreds of female patients to win damages against Mr Jones after she was left incontinent for two years following a botched operation. It was heard that the consultant made a serious mistake during Mrs Hill’s hysterectomy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in September 2011.

Following the operation, Mrs Hill complained to Mr Jones about the pain she was experiencing. Mr Jones failed to diagnose the fistula, or hole, near her bladder, that was only diagnosed by a different surgeon five months later. In April 2012 Mrs Hill underwent an operation to repair the hole, yet had to undergo a second operation in September 2013. Finally, two years after the initial surgery, Mrs Hill was able to regain control of her bladder.

Payouts between a few thousand and over £50,000

More than 100 women have joined a lawsuit against the former doctor’s employer, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. It is believed that the women will be awarded payouts between a few thousand pounds and over £50,000. Mrs Hill has been awarded an unspecified amount of compensation for her suffering.

The divisional director for women’s and children’s health, Jan Walters, stated: “The Trust has apologised unreservedly to all the women affected and their families for the pain, distress and anxiety caused by the practice of former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Rob Jones.

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