Hasnat, now aged 11 was one of more than 600 children who were misdiagnosed with epilepsy between 1991 and 2001, many of whom who have gone on to develop serious health problems. Hasnat’s mother has expressed her relief at winning their battle for justice despite the hospital’s internal investigations finding no fault in her son’s treatment.
Over a four year period Hasnat was prescribed five unnecessary drugs, and, at times he was taking as many as four different drugs at once. The course of medication made Hasnat unstable on his feet, constantly tired and it also slowed his development.
Hasnat’s mother originally made a complaint to the hospital, however following their own investigations the Hospital indicated they had no concerns with Hasnat’s treatment. Unsatisfied with this response, Hasnat’s mother contacted Irwin Mitchell who, in consultation with an independent panel of experts, found serious fault in Hasnat’s level of care.
Despite initially opposing the claim, the NHS trust responsible for the hospital later admitted there had been failings in the level of care afforded to Hasnat and that the prescription of unnecessary drugs over the four-year period constituted an unreasonably poor standard of care.
Anna Stacey, a medical law expert at Irwin Mitchell who represented Hasnat’s family in this matter, worries that there may be many people in the same position who may have had their concerns wrongly dismissed by the hospital’s own investigations.
Anna comments: “Had Mrs Meajee accepted what the hospital initially told her she would not have found out what really happened in Hasnat’s case. We will continue to fight for other families who feel that they have been let down by the hospital’s investigation.”
Hasnat and his family have now received compensation by way of an undisclosed out-of-court settlement.
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