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NHS in 5m negligence settlement

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde paid out 5.2m to the boy's mother

Scotland's largest NHS compensation payout has been given to the family of a boy who was born severely disabled after a series of medical errors.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde paid more than £5m to the family, which has not been named.

The boy's mother originally sued the former NHS Argyll and Clyde.

The payout was made by the Glasgow health board, which took over part of the former authority after it was disbanded in 2006.

'Very sad'

The boy, who is now nine-years-old, has cerebral palsy and is severely disabled.

Details of the settlement emerged after his mother went to the Court of Session, seeking a £500,000 advance on the £5.2m out-of-court settlement.

She had wanted to buy a specially adapted house to share with her son.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed that the NHS made an out-of-court settlement to the family following what it called "the very sad" circumstances that surrounded the case.

Negligence payments made out-of-court are increasing in Scotland. In 2007 the NHS is reported to have paid out £23m.



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