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Composer Andrew Downes left needing wheelchair after hospital negligence

A Birmingham-based composer has spoken of how he was left needing a wheelchair after medical staff failed to diagnose a fractured back.

Andrew Downes, from Hagley in Worcestershire, said he should have been immobilised but staff at Russells Halls Hospital in Dudley initially thought he had an infected urinary tract.

The 61-year-old, who later suffered a complete spinal cord injury, has won his negligence case against the hospital.

A spokesperson for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust admitted care had fallen "below the standard he should have expected".