‘Learn lessons’ call after medical failing

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A Pontefract family is calling for lessons to be learned after failures in the diagnosis and treatment of a 79-year-old cancer patient.

Francis Wilson died in 2008, after surgery for bowel cancer at Dewsbury District Hospital went wrong.

Mr Wilson was also not referred by his GP at Stuart Road Surgery in Pontefract for two years, despite showing signs of the disease.

Two legal cases brought by Mr Wilson’s widow Elsie and their sons David and John, against Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Stuart Road surgery have been settled for an undisclosed sum.

David Wilson, of Pontefract, said: “I am very angry about the circumstances of my dad’s death. This should never have happened and I hope that both the doctor and surgeon involved would act differently in any similar situation in the future, so that cancer patients don’t suffer like my dad did and other families don’t have to lose their loved ones earlier than necessary.”

Mr Wilson was finally diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2007. During keyhole surgery his ureter was damaged and it took several weeks for doctors to notice urine was leaking into his abdomen. Despite further operations, Mr Wilson died in February 2008.

Ian Wilson, deputy medical director at the trust, said: “We would like to reiterate our sincere sympathy to Mr Wilson’s family.”

He added treatment options were carefully considered and lessons from Mr Wilson’s death had been shared.

Stuart Road Surgery did not want to comment.