A former nurse has launched a medical negligence compensation claim against the NHS, after suffering nerve damage during an unnecessary operation.
Sixty four year old Annette McMullan, from Stone, in Staffordshire now suffers with agonizing pain and muscle spasms following an operation for thyroid cancer, at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
However Mrs McMullan, later learned that the operation had been totally unnecessary as she had not been suffering from the disease, she immediately launched a formal complaint against the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, who admitted liability for the negligent misdiagnosis.
But the case has now been referred to the High Court in London, as the NHS Trust is contesting the amount of damages being claimed by the retired nurse, thought to be in the region of £400,000.
Mrs McMullan, who was a keen golfer before the operation, told the court that she can no longer play her favourite sport and her injuries have prevented her returning to work on a part time basis, she also has to wear a scarf to cover the scarring left by the surgery.
The NHS Trust maintains that Mrs McMullan has improved since the operation and her present problems are due to other problems surrounding her shoulder.
Court proceedings are due to last the rest of the week.