Friday, January 18, 2008

Money follows money

You may have heard this week about "Men Behaving Badly" actress Leslie Ash, who recently won £5,000,000 compensation in an out of court settlement from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

She was given the award because she contracted MSSA, the sister bug of MRSA four years ago when admitted to the hospital.

The point is though that over 6,000 people have fallen victim to a hospital-acquired infection - that's one for every ten people staying in hospital. Many of these people died, leaving heartbroken and confused families and friends. None of these equally tragic - and arguably worse - cases apparently merited a multi-million pound payout. Ms Ash was able to afford the best legal team around, hence her huge windfall.

So who stands up for the other 5,999 families who don't have that kind of cash? Is their story less important?

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