Poor care led to amputation
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A PENSIONER has received a six-figure payout from a Yorkshire NHS trust after he had to have his leg amputated due to poor care.

Michael Clark, from Wakefield, developed an infection after he broke his leg and ankle but it was not diagnosed or treated quickly enough and the infection spread to the bone, leading to him having his leg amputated below the knee.

The 71-year-old said: “This has been a nightmare few years for me. I used to be really active.

“To think the infection should have been better managed is very hard to come to terms with and I just hope they now learn from their mistakes.”

Mr Clark fell badly whilst gardening in November 2010. He had surgery at Pinderfields Hospital but afterwards developed an infection. However this was not picked up at follow-up appointments until April 2011, by which time it was severe.

After legal action through law firm Irwin Mitchell, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals – which runs Pinderfields – admitted that if the infection had been treated properly, Mr Clark might not have lost his leg.