Woman with learning difficulties is awarded £65 000 after “appalling” treatment by hospital

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 06 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3654
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

A 64 year old woman with severe learning disabilities who was abused at Manor Hospital in Walsall and whose doll, which she used for comfort and believed to be her own baby, was severely damaged during her stay has been awarded £65 000 (€92 000; $101 000) in compensation.

The settlement agreement was approved by the High Court at an open court approval hearing that took place at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 2 July 2015. Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Manor Hospital, also agreed to an independent investigation. The trust has already issued a formal apology to the patient’s family and admitted causing damage to the doll.

Susan Hearsey was admitted to …

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