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Lincoln mother reacts to record NHS payout

James Robshaw and his mother Suzanne Photo: ITV News

Suzanne Adams says her family will finally be able to 'move on properly' after it was decided last week that she and her son James will receive £14.5 million due to mistakes made at Lincoln County Hospital during James' birth. It is one of the largest ever payouts for medical negligence.

United Lincolnshire NHS Trust accepted liability for James' injuries in 2009 after it was found that 13-year-old James was starved of oxygen at birth, leading to cerebral palsy. The payout is reflective of the lifetime of care that James needs.

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Suzanne was admitted to Lincoln County Hospital in 2002 and although James' heart was being monitored after her arrival, irregularities were either ignored or not interpreted properly and staff failed to carry out a timely caesarean section.

Suzanne Adams spoke exclusively to Calendars's Adam Fowler.

“United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is deeply sorry for what happened and for the impact this has had upon James and his family. In 2009 the Trust accepted liability for the injuries James sustained during his birth 13 years ago.

“We are pleased that the court has approved the final details of the settlement and we hope that this will provide reassurance that James’ care needs will be met in the future”.

– Michelle Rhodes, Director of Nursing, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust