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Heartlands Hospital trust pays out for lethal overdose

A widow has been awarded £100,000 compensation because staff at Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital gave her husband a lethal overdose.

Paul Richards received five times the normal dose of fungicide Amphotericin during cancer treatment in July 2007.

Birmingham Civil Justice Centre said it had awarded Lisa Richards-Everton a reduced sum because the cancer had affected her husband's life expectancy.

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust would improve, a watchdog said.

The Care Quality Commission watchdog report into his death said it was satisfied there was no risk to other patients because the trust had robust governance arrangements in place and a clear mechanism to investigate and learn from what had happened.

Mr Richards, 35, of Sutton Coldfield, was one of two men who died on 20 July 2007 from an overdose at the hospital.

Baljit Singh Sunner, 36, from Small Heath, Birmingham, died from a mistaken overdose of the same drug.

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