Man awarded £7 million damages for radiotherapy overdose

A man left with a permanent brain injury after he was given double the intended dose of radiotherapy as a teenager is to receive £7 million in compensation. A High Court judge in London heard that the man was 19-years-old when he underwent surgery for a treatable brain tumour, and was referred to the Christie Hospital in Manchester for radiotherapy. Speaking on behalf of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust during the hearing, Philip Havers QC told the court that the radiotherapy department “now employs some of the most sophisticated checking systems available to ensure that this type of error could never happen again”.