Mr B, aged 73, was diagnosed with piles during an assessment at hospital for poor digestion.  Ten months later, it was discovered that Mr B did not have piles, but anal cancer.  He suffered a further tumour in the lung which was believed to be a metastasis of the anal cancer, and which would not have occurred but for the delay in diagnosis and treatment.  Mr B underwent surgery for the removal of half of one lung, which appeared curative.

The claim was settled in the sum of £40,000 which reflected Mr B’s other life-limiting medical conditions.